ICC demands return of 100K dollar trophy from No. 1 team Australia

January 21st, 2009 - 2:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Jan.21 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked Cricket Australia to hand back USD 100,000trophy given to the No.1-ranked team.
Though Ricky Ponting’’s side is still topping the list, Cricket Australia has been forced to return the ICC Test Champion trophy to Dubai after holding it for all eight years of its existence - apart from four months in 2003 when South Africa briefly claimed it.
Australia’’s coming Test series in South Africa will decide which team has the No.1 ranking and instead of waiting until the conclusion, the ICC has decided to take back the trophy now in anticipation that it could change hands.
CA’’s new Jolimont office in Melbourne was designed around the gold and silver mace-shaped trophy speckled with jewels, but in a few days all that will remain is an empty space in the wall.
“We have held it ever since the ICC Test rankings were introduced in May 2001, so apart from the four months in 2003 it’’s been with us,” said CA spokesman Peter Young.
“Our building was designed around the trophy. We are most certainly planning to bring it back with us from South Africa. If that does not eventuate, we may have to get some Polyfilla and fill the space in our foyer,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Young, as saying.
Ponting’’s side is still the strongest Test outfit in the world, though South Africa, which won their first series in Australia this summer, hope to take that tag away through home-ground advantage when the return series begins in February.
The ICC will present the trophy at the end of the series. (ANI)

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