ICC Cricket World Cup trophy NZ bound

The ICC Cricket World Cup trophy's heading around the world, visiting countries taking part in the highly anticipated Cricket World Cup to be co-staged in New Zealand in 2015.

Sri Lanka - who won cricket’s ultimate prize in Lahore in 1996 - will be the first country graced with the trophy’s presence.

Sought-after silverware

The highly-sought after silverware will be received in Colombo for a three-day tour by Marvan Atapattu, Upul Chandana, Aravinda de Silva, Hashan Tillerkaratne, Chaminda Vaas and Pramodaya Wickramsinghe - all celebrated members of that World Cup winning team.

Along with the honour of the first stop on the trophy tour, Sri Lanka will enjoy another first, helping kick-off the 2015 Cricket World Cup against tournament co-hosts New Zealand at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval on 14 February 2015.

The trophy will also embark on a five-day tour of India - the reigning Cricket World Cup champions.

India are set to play Ireland in a Pool B clash at Hamilton’s Seddon Park on 10 March before going into bat against Zimbabwe at Auckland’s sporting fortress Eden Park on 14 March.

After visiting 12 countries in five months, the trophy will head Down-under to visit the joint tournament hosts, marking the 100 Days to Go celebrations.

"To hold the Cricket World Cup trophy is the dream of every cricketer," said ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.

"The upcoming World Cup will be a great opportunity to watch your team take on the world’s best and enjoy the hospitality of two beautiful but very different countries."

Welcoming the world

With the fourth-largest sporting event in the world coming to New Zealand in 2015, there's no better time for sports fans to plan a trip to one of the most passionate sporting countries on Earth.

Watched by an estimated quarter of the world's population - an audience of over two billion - the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is the perfect opportunity to experience the buzz of a high stakes global sports event with ample time to explore a relatively small yet stunningly diverse country in between.

Spectators can take in all New Zealand has to offer with 27 matches shared among the seven host cities: Auckland, Hamilton, Napier and Wellington in the North Island and Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin in the spectacular south. So much to see, do and explore between the big games, all on the doorstep of the host venues.

The action begins on 14 February 2015 and Eden Park will, once again, host a semi-final on 24 March. There's nothing like being there - and cricket fans won't want to miss the excitement.

About the trophy

The current trophy was created for the 1999 champion, Australia, and was the first permanent prize in the tournament's history. Prior to this, different trophies were made for each ICC Cricket World Cup.

The trophy was designed and produced in London by a team of craftsmen from Garrard & Co over a period of two months.

It is made from silver and gilt, and features a golden globe held up by three silver columns. The columns, shaped as stumps and bails, represent the three fundamental aspects of cricket - batting, bowling and fielding, while the globe represents a cricket ball.

The trophy stands 60cm high and weighs approximately 11kg. The names of the previous winners are engraved on the base of the trophy, with space for a total of twenty inscriptions.