New Delhi: Clarifying to Sharmila Tagore's letter, the BCCI has said that the India-England Test Series is played for the Anthony De Mello trophy instituted in 1951 in the name of the first Secretary of the BCCI, recognising his contribution to Indian Cricket.
Earlier, Tagore, the wife of late former cricketer MAK Pataudi, wrote a scathing letter to BCCI over the delay in its decision to institute a Pataudi Lecture and a Pataudi Trophy for the upcoming India-England series.
The BCCI release also stated: 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." India are the current holders of the Anthony De Mello trophy.
"I have requested the BCCI President [N Srinivasan] to institute the Pataudi Trophy for the India-England Test series. I have also asked to fast-track the matter," Tagore, currently in London, had told CNN-IBN over the phone. "I haven't heard from BCCI till now ... I don't know why they haven't replied."
Tagore, 65, sent an email on November 2 while making no effort to conceal her displeasure and discontent_cn over the BCCI's seemingly reluctant stance on officially naming the India-England series as the Pataudi Trophy as well as its delay in formalising a Pataudi Memorial Lecture in the late cricketer's homour.
In her email to Srinivasan, Tagore also reminded the BCCI that in spite of promising to institute the Lecture last year, there have been no efforts yet to formalise it. Additionally, she has also questioned the BCCI's reluctance to resolve the legal issues involving the late Indian captain and the board.
Incidentally, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) had commissioned the Pataudi Trophy in 2007, to be presented to the winning captain at the end of future England-India Test series. It was conceived to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first-ever India-England Test series that took place in 1932, but strangely enough the Indian board never gave its official stamp of approval to the naming of the trophy.
In 2011, shortly before his death, Pataudi had been left embarrassed in England when he gave away the trophy. At the post-series presentation ceremony, Pataudi was called upon the dais only for his presence to be ignored as England captain Andrew Strauss was given the sponsor's trophy.
Pataudi died on September 22, 2011 due to an interstitial lung disease. He played 46 Tests for India, captaining in 40, and scored 2793 runs at an average of 34.91.