The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced plans to celebrate the 100th Test Match between England and India which starts this Thursday at Lord’s.
ECB Chairman Giles Clarke and BCCI President Shashank Manohar will mark the occasion with a formal exchange of gifts at the toss and by presenting 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 (day four).
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.
“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,” N. Srinivasan, Hony. Secretary, BCCI, said.
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 BCCI and the MCC for their co-operation in staging this series of presentations and look forward to an
exciting and close-fought npower Test Match which will showcase the five-day game at its very best.”