The creation of the ICC Cricket World Cup TrophyMark
The winners of the Cricket World Cup receive a trophy to mark their triumph, with the present trophy having been awarded since 1999. Before this, a different trophy was designed for each tournament. We take a closer look at the trophy and how it has been made.
The iconic gold and silver trophy stands around 60 centimetres high and sits on a hardwood base. Weighing in at 11 kilograms, the design is a representation of the three core attributes of the game, namely bowling, batting and fielding. Three columns hold a ball aloft, which represent the bails and stumps. The seam of the ball is tilted to mirror the Earth’s axis. The design allows the trophy to have the same view from any angle.
The original trophy is held by the International Cricket Council, and identical replicas are awarded to the winning team. The team names are engraved on the base, and there is currently space for a further ten team names to be added. The main difference between the original and the replicas lies in the fact that the original has the ICC logo inscribed, while the replicas have the event logo.
Hand Engraver, David Bedford has been involved with engraving the trophy since 1965 and describes his expertise:
“I’ve got a selection of cutters here that I use for different projects. Some of these handles are probably 200 years old, maybe.”
Taking pride in such an important piece of sporting history and other engraved awards is very much the ethos of H Cooper Glass Engravers, where we treat every trophy and award with the same importance.