Mumbai: Sharmila Tagore has chosen former Australia captain Ian Chappell to deliver the welcome address, which her late husband Tiger Pataudi would have delivered, in this year's edition of the Raj Singh Dungarpur World Cricket Summit.
It is learnt that Chappell instantly agreed to the request and will do the honours in Mumbai on Monday. Apart from playing against each other in the 1967-68 and 1969-70 India vs Australia series, Chappell knew Pataudi well.
"It was a great honour to be asked by Sharmila to deliver the opening address and pay tribute to Tiger. He was a man I admired greatly for his courage and thoughtfulness as a cricketer and I enjoyed his company socially. Like a lot of people, I'll miss Tiger greatly," Chappell said from Sydney.