BCCI to invite former Indian captains for 500th Test

Former skippers Nari Contractor, Chandu Borde, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Krishnamachari Srikkanth are expected to witness India's 500th Test to be played in Kanpur.

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Some of the former India captains, including batting legends Sachin Tendulkar (left) and Sunil Gavaskar will witness India's 500th Test in Kanpur.   -  K. R. Deepak

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to invite former captains to celebrate the country’s 500th Test to be played against New Zealand in Kanpur from September 22.

A specially minted silver coin with '500th Test' embossed on it is being prepared for the toss.

Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) president Rajeev Shukla said, “The BCCI wants to felicitate all the former captains during the Test match. Green Park is one of the first four Test venues in India along with Chepauk, Wankhede and Eden Gardens. The BCCI is making all necessary arrangements for the same.”

Former skippers Nari Contractor, Chandu Borde, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Krishnamachari Srikkanth are expected to attend. "The BCCI along with UPCA will also host a dinner for the Indian captains, where both India and New Zealand teams will be present,” Shukla added.

Besides this, the BCCI and the UPCA are also preparing T-shirts with ‘500th Test’ written on it for under-privileged children who have been invited to watch the Test match in Kanpur.

The Uttar Pradesh government is also working to make the occasion memorable. Recently, Secretary (Sports) Anita Bhatnagar Jain visited the Green Park Stadium and expressed her satisfaction over the preparations.

Besides the three Tests, India will also play a five-match ODI series against the Kane Williamson-led side, starting from October 16 in Dharamsala.