Whether the cup is made completely of gold or is just gold-plated, is the question
The National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) is on a unique job this time around! Evaluating whether the Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup (for cricket) is made completely of gold or it is only gold-plated.
With the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) officials handing over this critical job to the institute, the report is expected in a day or two. “They have taken five minute samples of the cup, relevant photographs to make the assessment and the report is expected by next Monday,” Naresh Sharma, HCA Treasurer, disclosed.
“There are serious doubts about the existing cup being made completely of gold or not. A clear picture will emerge whether the original cup is made of gold or the existing cup is tampered with,” he said.
Controversy broke out in September last during the prize distribution on whether the cup was completely made of gold or was it just gold-plated.
Records suggest that as per the 1931 evaluation, the Gold Cup was worth Rs. 7,000. This meant, even as per moderate estimates of Rs. 100 for 10 gm prevalent in those days, it should weigh about 2.75 kg.
What's the value?
Another evaluation in 1966 by the SBH officials headed by Jayawanth Rao, the then Deputy General Manager, put the value of the cup at Rs. 2.75 lakh.
But, what is startling is the latest evaluation which puts the cup weighing 1.80 kg and valued at Rs. 1 lakh, ironically by the SBH again.
This led to serious doubts whether something was amiss – either in terms of its original value or whether the original gold cup was misplaced.
If the NGRI report says that the cup is only gold plated then there are bound to be many red faces in the HCA. For instance, the outgoing treasurer of HCA did not sign the fresh evaluation papers till now saying that he need not do so since he merely handed over the cup to the new office-bearers as he got it from his predecessors.
For the record, HCA has also been paying Rs. 60,000 as annual rent towards safety locker fee for the cup while the fresh value by the SBH puts the value itself at Rs. 1 lakh.