Are they doing their duty?

The launch of the 2013 Women's World Cup was postponed after Customs officials detained the trophy in Mumbai. According to a report in DNA, the authorities made it clear that trophies should come via cargo or courier and not as personal baggage. In the past, the replica of the 2011 World cup trophy wasn't allowed to enter and was taken back to Dubai. In its defence, the ICC claims that it had all the paperwork in order. 

The ICC, however, claimed that the trophy reached the airport with all the required documentation.

“The trophy was brought from Dubai with proper paper work but was detained by customs,” said Colin Gibson, spokesperson of the ICC from Dubai. The trophy, which is a replica, was sent to Mumbai for promotional purposes, added Gibson.

The world cup matches will be played at five venues across Mumbai which include the Wankhede Stadium, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Cricket Club of India (CCI), Middle Income Group Club Ground (MIG) and DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

Customs officials had stopped two ICC employees carrying the men’s cricket world cup trophy at Mumbai airport on April 2, 2011. They had refused to let the trophy enter the city unless the ICC paid Rs22 lakh as customs duty.