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Customs officers at Mumbai airport confiscated what they thought was the cricket World Cup trophy in a dispute over unpaid duty, India media reported on Saturday.

An official from the sport's governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC) arrived with the trophy on Thursday on a flight from Colombo, where it had been on display during the New Zealand-Sri Lanka semi-final.

But customs officers seized the silver and gold prize, which is valued at about $130,000, insisting that it was not exempt from import duty of nearly $50,000.

The Mumbai Mirror tabloid said the officers offered to waive the fee if they could get tickets for the final between India and Sri Lanka, which takes place in the city on Saturday.

"We can say they asked for a substantial number of tickets," one unnamed ICC official was quoted as saying.

The daily said officers were confused when they were told to keep the trophy until after the final, when the ICC would take it back to their headquarters in Dubai.

They were unaware that there were two identical trophies and the other had been at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium for the last month awaiting the winning captain, the report added. (AFP)



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  • dave Saturday, 02 April 2011 12:16 PM

    At least better than, charging custom fees on relief goods for IDP in the north during th war.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 02 April 2011 01:34 PM

    Maybe the Customs officers thought thats the only way they can retain the Cup in India.

    I Hussein Sunday, 03 April 2011 09:00 AM

    Very very disappointed. Its not that we were over confident but India fought back well after early blows. Dhoni played the best inning of his life.

    Sri Lankan from Auss Saturday, 02 April 2011 05:48 PM

    Never Come to Conclusion. We Were over confident. Kulaseka paid the price for the Cub along with Sanga.

    Any way we wait for another 4 years.

    Well done Sri Lanka. Well Done India

    era Saturday, 02 April 2011 06:15 AM

    The most corrupted India

    Prof Wickramatillake Saturday, 02 April 2011 06:30 AM

    Oh!!! Corruption Corruption

    Sri Lankan! Saturday, 02 April 2011 06:45 AM

    Shame Shame Shame! Hooo India Hoooo!!!

    wicks Saturday, 02 April 2011 06:56 AM

    Dream for sri lanka this time

    Roshan Saturday, 02 April 2011 06:59 AM

    Bravo !!! Indian Customs.

    Keep the cup safely, the Srilankan team can collect it from the airport on their way back to Srilanka after winning the match.

    Dilip Saturday, 02 April 2011 07:17 AM

    I thought Mahinda took the cup to Thirupathi in India for blessing.

    Mushtaq Saturday, 02 April 2011 07:18 AM

    Shame on Indian customs ............... Rather than making their country proud for hosting the final, they r making it disgraceful !!

    sxhabeeb Saturday, 02 April 2011 07:25 AM

    we can be proud now... there are many more banana type countries in tis world..

    rashmi Saturday, 02 April 2011 07:27 AM

    India can have the cup only by custom seizure, not by palying against us !

    Common Man Saturday, 02 April 2011 08:12 AM

    They could hold the Cup until 8PM, no need to pay tax as the Cup is going out( of India) to Sri Lanka anyway.

    nikita Saturday, 02 April 2011 08:10 AM

    hmmm suddanta enda kiyamu ape rata balaan kiuamu,

    I Hussein Saturday, 02 April 2011 08:35 AM

    Yep u are right. At least let them enjoy holding it by the customs for a while.
    I cant wait to see that we beat them.


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