Former Indian Test captains invited for 100th Test
Taunton: A few former Indian Test captains will take a round of the hallowed turf of the Lord`s on the fourth day of the first cricket Test between India and England starting on Thursday to mark the occasion of the 100th Test between the two countries.
These former Indian Test captains will present themselves along with a few former England skippers though England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) presently is not willing to reveal their names.
This will be to mark the occasion of the 100th Test between India and England and 2000th Test the Lord`s Test is set to become.
The 100th Test of the cricket annals was played between Australia and England in 1908. The 500th was one between Australia and West Indies in 1960 and the 1,000th between Pakistan and New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1984.
"The first 1000 Tests took 90 years while the next 1,000 are being completed in 27 years," said Haroon Lorgat, Chief Executive of International Cricket Council on Monday.
The purists might argue that this is not the 2000th Test as the list includes the match between the Rest of the World against Australia in 2005 which was given the official status of a Test without having the support of anybody with a proper interest in the welfare of Test cricket.
By that token, the 2000th Test will in fact take place at Trent Bridge next week.
The Lord`s Test will also be the 100th of Duncan Fletcher as coach, a massive record in itself to have for any coach.
So far, 3,450 centuries have been hit by Test batsmen from all nations. No less than 7554 have been instances of ducks being recorded.
Bowlers have taken 61,175 wickets while in all 1,959,659 runs have been scored.
During the Lord`s Test, the real festivities would surround the 100th Test between England and India -- the fact that it is a 2000th Test would just be reduced to a number.
As such the honchos of Board of Control for Cricket in India and those of England and Wales Cricket Board will be in full attendance during the Lord`s Test.
The ICC have produced a special coin for the occasion which would be used for toss by the two competing captains.
The coin will also be distributed to the eleven players representing the two teams as well as to the coaches – those on the bench will not be given the coin.
Also on display will be the ICC Test Championship mace, a 90cm silver and gold-plated trophy based on a cricket stump as its shank, topped by an orb that represents the cricket world.
India have topped the ICC rankings since December 2009.
The bigger picture of Lord`s Test has also not escaped the cricket enthusiasts -- England are in quest to win the series by a two-Test margin and displace India as world`s number one team.