New Delhi: ECB and BCCI on Wednesday announced plans to celebrate the 100th Test Match between England and India which starts on Thursday with the 1st npower Test at Lord’s.
ECB Chairman Giles Clarke and BCCI President Shashank Manohar, BCCI Honorary Secretary N Srinivasan and ECB Chief Executive David Collier will mark the occasion at the toss on the first day of the match through an exchange of mementos to the respective Boards. They will also present former England and India captains and players with a specially made commemorative cap at an on field ceremony to be held during Sunday’s lunch interval.
This will be followed by a parade of past players which will include former captains of both countries such as Sir Ian Botham, Bob Willis, Nasser Hussain, Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly.
ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “We are very keen to make the 100th Test Match a great occasion for everyone and give spectators an opportunity to pay tribute to those players whose performances have graced previous contests between the two countries.
“We are grateful to the BCCI and the MCC for their co-operation in staging this series of presentations. It is fitting that this match will feature the Test sides ranked first and third in the world and we look forward to an exciting npower Test Series.”
Mr N. Srinivasan, BCCI Honorary Secretary, said, “India and England complete a century of Test matches on 21 July, 2011. It is a momentous occasion and I join cricket-lovers in both countries in hailing all the players and administrators who have enlivened the India-England cricketing rivalry over the decades. Test matches between India and England have been keenly fought over the years, and we are poised to witness an exciting series.”