Australia 1987 World Cup Winners To Be Honoured After Three Decades
After 30 years, the Australian squad that was led by the legendary Allan Border to their first ever World Cup trophy in 1987, will be awarded commemorative medals by Cricket Australia and the ICC during the innings break in the fourth One-Day International game between Pakistan and Australia at Sydney on Sunday.
“I’m so proud that the players and support staff of our 1987 win have been recognised in this way,” Border said.
The decision was made by the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee in June 2016 for giving away the medals to all World Cup winning squads, who are yet to receive their medals.
“It’s terrific to get together again as a group, relive those days and have a laugh but also realise what it was we achieved in becoming the first Australia side to win the World Cup,” Border added.
The fourth edition of the Cricket World Cup was jointly hosted by India and Pakistan. Australia beat England by seven runs at the then Calcutta now known as Kolkata to lift the title.
“We never thought about medals or anything like that at the time. It was just about winning the tournament. But to get this acknowledgement now is a recognition of what we achieved during that month in India and Pakistan and we’re grateful to Cricket Australia and the ICC for this being done, Border remarked.
The 17-member team including their head coach Bob Simpson, team manager Alan Crompton and Physiotherapist Errol Alcott did not receive any medals post their triumph except a team Trophy. They’ll be given the medals by the ICC Director David Peever.
“It’s an achievement that binds all 17 of us together and something we all look back on with not just pride but also a great deal of satisfaction,” Border revealed.
On the part of reunion celebration, the dinner will be hosted by Peever, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland and its Performance Manager Pat Howard.
The 1975 West Indies squad, which beat Australia and 1996 Sri Lanka squad, which also beat Australia, will receive the commemorative medals from their respective Boards including their team staff.
“The members of the 1987 ICC Cricket World Cup-winning squad were trailblazers. They made the country proud, created a belief and restored the winning culture that successive generations of players who followed were able to build upon, Peever said.
Peever has also praised the former World Cup winning team for their performance in sub-continent.
“They were worthy winners of a hard-fought tournament, beating India in India, Pakistan in Pakistan and England – then, perhaps, the best ODI side in the world and one that had beaten Australia in two separate limited-overs tournaments less than a year earlier – in the final,” Peever concluded.
Before the direct involvement of the ICC, the hosts were responsible for hosting the World Cup until 2003.
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