On the second day of its tour of Bangladesh, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 trophy was on show at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNS) in Mirpur. This is where the Bangladesh national team got to spend some time with it.
Mushfiqur Rahim, a veteran player, carried the World Cup trophy into the stadium before all of the Bangladesh men’s team players who were there took pictures with it.Aside from Mushfiqur, many other players were there, such as Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, and Afif Hossain.
“We played in the World Cup for the first time in 1999, and I have to say that seeing the prize [today] made me very happy. The World Cup feels like it started today. We were in a good place in 2019 and sent a good team to England for the ODI World Cup. This time, we’re in an even better place, and the team has been doing well for the last two years and is in great shape. “I hope we can do something special in the World Cup,” said Habibul Bashar, a selection for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the former captain of Bangladesh. He was there when the prize went to SBNS.
The prize was then taken to the media center at SBNS, where members of the media and the Bangladesh women’s team took pictures with it. The prize was then taken to the president’s box for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) members to see.
“Feeling great to come with the whole team here. I feel that it has motivated them. Even I haven’t watched the World Cup trophy from up close before so thanks to the BCB and the women’s wing for giving us the opportunity,” Bangladesh women’s team captain Nigar Sultana Joty said.
Joty also talked about the high expectations of the fans of Bangladesh regarding the upcoming World Cup.
“Expectation from Bangladesh is very high as a player and the populace has big expectations. From that perspective, I feel we have our best side with seniors and younger players carrying form. We also play well in this format. So of course we expect the best from them,” Joty added.
The trophy that had arrived in Dhaka on Sunday night was on display at the home of cricket in Mirpur for the members of the men’s and women’s national team, current and former cricketers, cricket officials and organisers, and members of the media.
The third and final day of the trophy tour will allow the general people to witness the trophy from up close as the public display of the trophy is scheduled on August 9 from 11:00am to 8:00pm at Bashundhra City Shopping Mall in Dhaka.
On June 27, 2023, the ICC World Cup trophy tour began in India. This was done to mark the 100-day mark until the event. In the next 100 days, the prize will travel to 18 ICC member countries in five different regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, and Europe.
The trophy will then go back to India for the last 30 days of the tour, where it will continue to be shown around the country to promote the future event.