New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI/Business Wire India): The Champions League 2020 have commissioned world renowned French jeweller and luxury brand - Cartier, to create the trophy for the Winners of the Champions League 2020 to be played in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai from December 3 to 10.
The exquisitely hand-sculpted trophy designed exclusively by Cartier for the Champions League 2020 will measure 41 cm in height, with a diameter of 31 cm and weigh just over 7 kilos. The trophy will be unveiled in December just prior to the inaugural match of the Champions League 2020.
Commenting on the choice of Cartier for making the Trophy, Lalit Modi, Chairman of the Champions League 2020, said, "Cartier has created some truly exquisite and stunning works of art be it in jewellery design, watches and accessories, that have adorned Hollywood beauties and Royalty alike. It was then an obvious choice for us to commission Cartier for creating a truly distinct and exquisite work of art, one befitting the stature of crowning the Champion of Champions in domestic club cricket. I am certain that this Cartier trophy, will definitely take pride of place in the Trophy cabinet of any of the eight teams contesting the inaugural Champions League come December 10 2008."
Bernard Fornas, President and CEO Cartier International, said, "C for Cartier, C for Cricket are two simple seven-letter words that encapsulate passion and a union between elegance and style. These adjectives also in a nutshell capture the very essence of the trophy's design, which articulates a balanced equation of precious materials resulting in a truly unique and remarkable design. Organised by the three founding member cricketing boards - Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa, this is a unique sporting event to which Cartier is proud to lend its support. May the best team win on December 10."
Manu Sawhney, Managing Director, ESPN STAR Sports and Global Commercial Rights Partner to the Champions League 2020, further added, "The Champions League 2020 is a marquee global tournament where only the best-of-the-best will get to compete for the ultimate honour and it is only befitting that they compete for one of the most exquisite trophies ever crafted. With Champions League 2020 well placed to occupy the prime position in the world of cricket, I am confident that this will become one of the most coveted trophies in the game of cricket."
Eight teams, consisting of the reigning winners and runners-up from the domestic Twenty20 competitions in India, Australia and South Africa, plus the reigning Twenty20 champion Sialkot from Pakistan, and the reigning Twenty20 Cup champion from England, Middlesex, have been invited to contest the 2008 Champions League 2020. The inaugural edition of the Champions League 2020 will offer teams six million dollars as prize money, making this the biggest prize in world cricket for the game.