The International Cricket Council (ICC) will auction Cricket World Cup memorabilia, but Chetan Sharma thinks the auction will deny players personal keepsakes.In a first for cricket fans worldwide, the official scorecards signed by the match-referee will also be available for auction for every match.
The ICC will also give fans across the world the opportunity to bid for the match balls used from each of the four Quarter-Finals, two Semi Finals and the World Cup final. Each of these items will be produced under license and displayed in a deluxe presentation display accompanied by a unique Certificate of Authenticity.
The auction of balls, however, may deprive several bowlers taking hat-tricks or winning the Man of the Match awards to retain balls with them.
“Two balls are used in all matches,” said former India bowler Chetan Sharma. “The ICC should auction only one ball and allow the other to be taken away by the best performer in the match.”
Interestingly, Chetan Sharma is the first hat-trick bowler from India, in his first World Cup, but he was denied the chance to take the ball as a keepsake then too.
“I could not retain the World Cup hat-trick ball because in the same match Sunil Gavaskar scored his maiden hundred and he wanted to retain the match-ball,” Sharma remembers.
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