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BCCI should name tournament or stadium after Amarsinh: Son

Rajkot: In the birth centenary year India`s first all-rounder L Amarsinh, his son is hoping that the BCCI will name honour the cricketer by naming a domestic tournament or a stadium after, and thus give an honour that still eludes him.

"Even after a century has passed neither the BCCI nor the Saurashtra Cricket Association has honoured my father by having a trophy or a stadium in his name," Vijay Sinh Nakum, the 74-year old son of Amarsinh said here today.

Amarsinh represented India in seven Test matches and took 28 wickets and also scored 292 runs at an average of 30.64 in 14 innings. In 92 first-class matches, the all-rounder amassed 3,364 runs and also pocketed 506 wickets.

In the country`s first Test in 1932, he took four wickets and hit an attacking 51, coming in at No 9.

Born in Rajkot on December 4, 1910, Amarsinh died on May 21, 1940 at a young age of 29.

According to Nakum, a retired officer of the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation, Amarsinh`s dream was to play against Don Bradman which was never fulfilled.

"He played only one match against Australia in which Don Bradman did not play due to injury," he added.

In India`s first tour to England in 1932, Amarsinh put in a disciplined performance both with bat and ball and impressed the British media who termed him as `prince of pace`, Nakum said.

PTI

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