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ECB and BCCI to mark 100th Test

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Giles Clarke

ECB chairman Giles Clarke will be among those who will exchange mementos at the toss of the 100th Test between England and India

The ECB and BCCI today announced plans to celebrate the 100th Test match between England and India - the first npower Test at Lord’s, which starts tomorrow.

ECB chairman Giles Clarke and BCCI president Shashank Manohar, BCCI honorary secretary N Srinivasan and ECB chief executive David Collier will mark the occasion at the toss through an exchange of mementos between the respective boards, and by presenting former England and India captains and players with a specially made commemorative cap at an on-field ceremony to be held during Sunday’s lunch interval.

This will be followed by a parade of past players, which will include former captains of both countries such as Sir Ian Botham, Bob Willis, Nasser Hussain, Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly.

Collier said: “We are very keen to make the 100th Test match a great occasion for everyone and give spectators an opportunity to pay tribute to those players whose performances have graced previous contests between the two countries.

“We are grateful to BCCI and the MCC for their co-operation in staging this series of presentations. It is fitting that this match will feature the Test sides ranked first and third in the world and we look forward to an exciting npower Test series.”

Srinivasan said: “India and England complete a century of Test matches on 21 July 2011.

“It is a momentous occasion and I join cricket-lovers in both countries in hailing all the players and administrators who have enlivened the India-England cricketing rivalry over the decades.

“Test matches between India and England have been keenly fought over the years, and we are poised to witness an exciting series.”

The ECB will be producing a special commemorative match programme to mark the 100th Test. This will be on sale at Lord’s during the first npower Test and is also available online at gb.zinio.com using the search term ‘cricket.’