Former captains Bishan Singh Bedi, Gundappa Vishwanath not invited for India's 500th Test
Former India captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Gundappa Viswanath are yet to get an invite from the BCCI for country's historic 500th Test match against the visiting New Zealand side starting 22 September in Kanpur.
New Delhi: Former India captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Gundappa Viswanath are yet to get an invite from the BCCI for country's historic 500th Test match against the visiting New Zealand side starting 22 September in Kanpur.
With the Test match starting on Thursday, neither 69-year-old Bedi who has led India in 22 Tests nor Viswanth, who captained in two Tests have received any written or telephonic communication from the Board.
"Till this evening, I have not received any invitation. And I am not at all annoyed about it. It's BCCI's event and it's their prerogative to invite whomsoever they want to. At this stage of my life, I can't get bitter about all these things," the left-arm spin wizard told PTI.
Similarly when Viswanath, who captained India in the famous 'Jubilee Test' against England in 1980 was asked, he said: "I haven't received any invitation".
Then he had a polite query: "But I captained India in only two Test matches. Do I qualify to be invited?"
Repeated calls to BCCI's General Manager MV Sridhar, went unanswered.
The BCCI along with Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association have decided on felicitating former India captains who have all had contributions in India's 84-year Test cricket history.
While septuagenarian Ajit Wadekar has already intimated the BCCI that he won't be able to travel due to health issues, the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Krish Srikkanth, Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohammed Azharuddin have all confirmed their presence. Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are expected to be present as a part of the commentary team.
Coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli will also be there during the felicitation.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar lead wishes as Mirabai Chanu opens India's haul with silver medal
The Indian weightlifter opened the medal account for India at the Tokyo Olympics after winning silver in the 49 kg category. Here's how the country celebrated the feat.
The elated Fijians burst into a cappella hymns that boomed around the stadium to celebrate just the second ever Olympic medal for the nation of 890,000 people scattered around more than 330 Pacific islands.
The joint statement took tournament organisers RLWC2021 by surprise as it came just a week after they confirmed the World Cup would go ahead as planned.