Cricket Australia to honour deceased Test players

Published: Friday, May 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Cricket Australia (CA) is to commemorate its 100th anniversary this week by honouring its deceased players.

CA said Thursday the crest of the trademark baggy green cap may be used on the gravestones of its deceased players.

Descendants of deceased Australian Test players will also be offered a commemorative certificate to honour their role in helping make cricket part of the Australian way of life.

Friday marks 100 years since the first meeting of the Australian Board of Control for International Cricket Matches, an organisation which later became the Australian Cricket Board and the contemporary Cricket Australia.

Chairman Bob Merriman said his organisation wanted to recognise its centenary with a project to honour former Test cricketers.

"We held a major reunion of men's Test players in mid-2003, presenting each with a mini baggy green cap and an inscription of their personal Australian Test player number," Merriman said in a statement.

"We are now offering the descendants of the 192 deceased Australian male Test players who represented Australia prior to the 2003 reunion group, and the descendants of our deceased female players, with special certificates - hand inscribed with the players individual Test numbers," Merriman said.

CA said it will embark on a national newspaper advertising campaign to seek all direct relatives of deceased Test cricketers to contact the organisation to receive a commemorative certificate.

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