New Delhi: The World Cup, which every Indian is praying Ganguly and co., will lift in South Africa early next year, was unveiled on Thursday by four of the five major sponsors of the mega event.
"It's a great honour to be here and like every other Indian I hope we will win the trophy," said:a beaming Bollywood star Fardeen Khan who was present along with other representatives of the sponsors. "All the best to the Indian team," said Fardeen, Pepsi's brand ambassador, while disclosing Sachin Tendulkar was his favourite player.
The 60-cm high ICC Cricket World Cup trophy, crafted in silver and gilt by the crown jewellers Garrard, features a golden globe held aloft by three silver columns. The globe is presented in the form of a stylised cricket ball with the columns, shaped as stumps and balls - representing batting, bowling and fielding. Valued at over 40,000 Pounds and weighing in excess of 11 kgs, the glittering trophy, which the ICC has adopted after the 1999 World Cup Trophy as its perpetual prize, has the names of the six previous champions inscribed on its base.
Representing the two official partners of the World Cup, were Rajiv Bakshi, chief managing director, Pepsi and Ganesh Mahalingum, general manager - marketing, LG. Except South African Airways, the representatives of the two other sponsors - Atul Sobti, senior vice-president, Hero Honda and Harjit Nagpal of Hutch - were also present. The 2003 World Cup will open on February 9 with a match between hosts South Africa and the winner of the first two editions - West Indies.