Mumbai, Nov 7: A day after Sharmila Tagore wrote a letter to BCCI requesting the India-England series to be officially named after Late Pataudi, BCCI cleared the air and said that the two countries are playing for the Anthony De Mello trophy on Tuesday.
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Honourary secretary of BCCI, Sanjay Jagdale clarified that the trophy is named after Anthony De Mello, who was the first secretary of BCCI, in a release.
"India - England Test Series in India is played for the Anthony De Mello trophy instituted in 1951 in the name of the first Secretary of the BCCI, recognizing his contribution to Indian Cricket," Jagdale stated.
He also clarified that the BCCI had already named the England- India series as Anthony De Mello before they got a request for naming the same as Pataudi trophy in 2007.
"In 2007, when MCC proposed the institution of Pataudi Trophy for England - India series, the BCCI had clarified that the trophy is already named after Anthony De Mello," Jagdale stated, according to the release.
Earlier Sharmila Tagore, wife of Late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi had sent a letter to N Srinivasan, regarding no progress over naming the series Pataudi trophy after assurances given by the board.
"As you are aware, next week India-England test series begins. I am given to understand ECB has already written to BCCI requesting to make the trophy official. You will recall my previous mail to you where I had mentioned our disappointment at the close of the test series at the Oval and had urged you to take the matter forward and formalise the trophy," Sharmila Tagore's request to N Srinivasan.