Taunton, Jul 19: 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 today.
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.