HCA to publish a souvenir for India-Bangladesh Test

The HCA had published a souvenir every time Hyderabad hosted an international team since it hosted the Commonwealth Cricket Team in its first Test on Indian soil till the nineties. It's planning to revive the practice when it hosts Bangladesh's first ever Test on Indian soil.

File photo of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.   -  Mohammed Yousuf

The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) is planning to revive its practice of publishing a souvenir as it hosts Bangladesh's first ever Test in India.

The HCA had published a souvenir every time Hyderabad hosted an international team since it hosted the Commonwealth Cricket Team in its first Test on Indian soil till the nineties.

"The present Executive Committee of the Hyderabad Cricket Association decided to revive its old tradition and in association with the Veterans Cricket Association of Hyderabad, is bringing out a souvenir/brochure to commemorate this historical event when the first ever Test Match between India and Bangladesh in India would be organised by the Hyderabad Cricket Association," the HCA said in a release.

"Ever since the first Commonwealth Cricket Team visited India and for the first time that the Hyderabad Cricket Association organised the match against the visiting team, the match being played at the Secunderabad Gymkhana Grounds, it had been a practice to publish a Souvenir/Brochure to commemorate the event," the release said.

"This was followed till early nineties — that whenever an international team visited India, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) would allot a match to Hyderabad and the Hyderabad Cricket Association would bring out a souvenir to mark the occasion," it said.

The tradition had been discontinued for the past couple of decades though Hyderabad hosted several international matches.

The proposed brochure, compiled, designed and produced by the former HCA secretary and manager of the 1983 World Cup winning Indian Team, P. R. Man Singh, would contain articles by legendary cricketers like Abbas Ali Baig, Mohinder Amarnath, V. V. S. Laxman, S. Venkataraghavan, Syed Kirmani, Saad Bin Jung and other well known writers — R. Mohan, Harsha Bhogle, Suresh Menon et al.

The brochure would also have cartoons and statistics of the matches played between the two neighbouring countries, the release added.

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