The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy will visit all the 14 countries that will participate in next year’s cricket extravaganza, to be staged in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March. The first stopover of the trophy will be Sri Lanka, which won cricket’s ultimate prize in Lahore when India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka jointly hosted the World Cup in 1996. In ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Sri Lanka will feature in the opening match when it will it take on co-host New Zealand in Christchurch.
The prestigious trophy is scheduled to arrived in Colombo on a three-day tour on Friday, where it will be received by six members of the World Cup winning squad, namely Marvan Atapattu, Upul Chandana, Aravinda de Silva, Hashan Tillerkaratne, Chaminda Vaas and Pramodaya Wickramsinghe.
During its stay in Sri Lanka, the trophy will feature at a number of events, and will also be on display during the first One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on July 6. The trophy will return to Dubai on July 7, before embarking on a five-day tour of India on July 19.