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Women's World Cup trophy detained at airport

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November 21, 2012

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The 2009 Women's World Cup trophy, Sydney, March 5, 2009
The replica of the original trophy (pictured here) arrived in Mumbai in baggage © Getty Images
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The 2013 Women's World Cup trophy replica, brought to Mumbai for a promotional launch of the event, has been detained by the customs officials at the Mumbai airport. The tournament will be held in the city early next year. The trophy arrived via baggage from Dubai, and according to customs rules trophies can only be brought into the country through cargo.

"The trophy should be brought through cargo. In the past we have notified that it shouldn't be part of the baggage. Prior permissions are required to bring them as part of baggage. As per the regulation, the authorities will have to pay a duty on it," Airports customs official PM Saleem told Times of India.

Saleem also mentioned that he had received a letter from the BCCI requesting for an exemption from taxes. However, without documents signifying the approval of the central government in this regard, the trophy will not be released, it is understood.

An ICC spokesperson, however, mentioned that the ICC possessed all the necessary paperwork to avoid this.

"Despite having all the appropriate paperwork, Mumbai Customs decided to confiscate the trophy. This is the third time. The first time was when they confiscated the 2011 ICC World Cup marketing trophy, then the World T20 marketing trophy and now the ICC Women's World Cup marketing trophy. All the trophies are replicas," he said.

In 2011, the trophy awarded to the Indian team after they won the World Cup had been the original trophy that had arrived in the country much earlier: the replica had been taken back to Dubai following a similar customs roadblock.

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Posted by Cricdish on (November 21, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Boston_legal: See http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/112733.html. or http://www.expressindia.com/news/fullstory.php?newsid=17332. Is this what you were referring to?

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 21, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

@Boston_Legal: The blade of grass detention occurs in New Zealand. I saw a TV programme in England called "Nothing to Declare" - one episode saw Harbhajan Singh pulled up by NZ authorities because his boots had turf remnants from cricket games. He was fined, his boots were given a special wash by the authorities and returned to him. Bhaji whined that he never had an issue with the Oz authorities but the Kiwis had their own rules.

As others have said, rules are rules, they're clearly stated, esp on custom forms. These guys sign the forms thereby accepting the terms.

Posted by anilkp on (November 21, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Boston-Legal, this is happening to ICC for three times in a row. Why are they not learning from this experience? You need just one bad experience to learn from it. Despite the Indian customs rule book explained, why is ICC hell-bent on refusing to comply? And, why on earth would you want Indian customs rule bent? What good is a rule if you can bend it at will? Is is so common in your country and society to bend national rules?

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 21, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

rule is a rule.everyone is equal before law. Our country law should never be criticized by any foreigner. We know how to govern and make laws Mr.Boston_Legal. It is better is people look into their own country affair

Posted by Haleos on (November 21, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

@ Boston_Legal - You sure this will never happen in another country? Bending the customs rules? Why should customs rules be bent? If they are then people like you will moan again that in India rules can be bent. I am proud of our customs department for not bending the rules. Rules are rules. If anything they should be even stricter considering what mumbai experiences.

Posted by Haleos on (November 21, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

There is an easy way for ICC. Use a different port of entry. If it has happened twice before have they not learnt anything? Shows ICC and learning do not go well together.

Posted by Boston_Legal on (November 21, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Wow... another drama in India. How can they never get it right??? It will not happen anywhere else in the world. What good are the customs rules if they cannot be bent a little. Next we are going to hear is some cricketers detained due to blades of grass on their boots, claiming that they have got unauthorized agricultural products!!!

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