Avishek Dalmiya, who is Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president has finally divulged reason behind the inordinate delay in handing over the World Cup trophy to Australian captain Steve Waugh after 1999 final during a chat with Indranil Basu on Sportskeeda’s Facebook page.
Avishek Dalmiya whose father Jagmohan Dalmiya was elected President of International Cricket Council in 1997 and held the post for three years becoming the first Asian and non-cricketer at the helm of ICC.
It was Jagmohan Dalmiya who brought about a major overhaul in ICC and termed the World Cup as ICC World Cup. He was the BCCI’s president later in 2001-2004, 2013 and was the BCCI president till his death in 20th September 2015 after being reelected on 2nd March 2015.
Avishek Dalmiya: Delay Was Because Of Presence of Queen Elizabeth II
The 1999 World Cup final was played at iconic Lords on 20th of June 1999 and Australia easily won by losing only two wickets riding on Adam Gilchrist’s 54. Australian pacer Glenn McGrath picked up 2 wickets giving away only 13 runs in 9 overs while Man of the Match Shane Warne picked up 4 wickets giving away only 33 runs in 9 overs as Pakistan were bundled on 132.
“The Queen [Elizabeth II] was also present at the venue. And, the rule in England is that where the Queen is there, it’s usually the Queen who presents the trophy. So, the entire prize distribution ceremony was actually delayed by 10 minutes so that the Queen could retire,” Avishek Dalmiya said.
It was only after the Queen had left that the then-ICC president and Avishek’s late father Jagmohan Dalmiya presented the trophy to Steve Waugh. It was the most lopsided final in World Cup history as runners-up Pakistan were bundled out for a paltry 132 and Australia chased the total easily with 179 balls to spare.
Avishek Dalmiya: Jagmohan Dalmiya Wanted To Protect Chair Of ICC President
It was the first time the tournament was called the ‘ICC World Cup’, and the ICC president handed over the trophy to the winning captain for the first time. The historical moment is now on permanent display on the glass walls of the Club House, facing the famous Kolkata Maidan, the home city of Jagmohan Dalmiya.
“It was not about the fact that he wanted to give away the trophy but it was about protecting the chair of the president of the ICC,” Dalmiya reasoned.
Avishek Dalmiya added that his father Jagmohan Dalmiya always believed that the institution comes first and was always more important than the individual and that the honour, prestige and responsibilities associated with his position demanded him to hand over the trophy.
Since then it has been the ICC chiefs who have presented the World Cup to the subsequent winning captains and the trend was set by Jagmohan Dalmiya on June 20, 1999, at Lord’s in England.
Jagmohan Dalmiya proposed re-entry of South Africa in international cricket in 1991, proposed hosting of 1987 World Cup in India and supported Bangladesh to play test cricket in 2000 besides giving hosting rights of the first-ever ICC Knockout Trophy in 1998 to Bangladesh.