In what will be a historic occasion for Indian cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the parent Indian cricket body plans to invite all former India captains to celebrate the occasion of the country's 500th Test match. The match will be played against New Zealand in Kanpur from September 22.
According to the Senior BCCI official and Director of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) Rajeev Shukla, several events are being organised by the BCCI as part of the celebrations to commemorate the occasion. Several key players including Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag are expected to grace the occasion. Interestingly, the controversial former captain, Mohammad Azharuddin is also invited for the Indian cricket team's historic 500th Test match and the former captain has accepted it. Azharuddin was imposed a life ban for his alleged involvement in match-fixing when the scandal first broke out in 2000. While Azhar had been acquitted by the court, the BCCI has so far avoided inviting him for official events.
For the toss, a specially minted silver coin with 500th Test embossed on it is being prepared. The BCCI and the UPCA are also preparing T-shirts with ‘500th Test’ written on it for thousands of under-privileged children, who will be present in the stadium on all Test match days.