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'Recognise India-England series as Pataudi Trophy'

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November 6, 2012

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Sharmila Tagore, the widow of former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, has written to the BCCI asking for the upcoming series between India and England to be recognised as the Pataudi Trophy. The Indian board has responded saying that England's Test series in India are contested for the Anthony de Mello Trophy.

Pataudi, who died in September 2011, played 46 Tests for India, captaining in 40, and scored 2793 runs at an average of 34.91. Pataudi's father, Iftikhar Ali Khan, represented both England and India in Tests. De Mello was an administrator who was instrumental in the formation of the BCCI, the Cricket Club of India and other cricketing institutions.

In Tagore's letter, written on November 2, to BCCI President N Srinivasan, she said she was disappointed that the board had not instituted a Pataudi lecture and the Pataudi Trophy. "As you are aware, next week the India-England Test series begins," Tagore said. "I am given to understand ECB has already written to BCCI requesting to make the trophy official."

The BCCI responded in a press release saying it couldn't name the series after Pataudi. "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, recognising his contribution to Indian cricket."

The 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, named after the Pataudi family for their contribution to Anglo-Indian cricket. The BCCI, though, didn't give its official stamp of approval to the naming of the trophy.

"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."

November 6, 2.15pm GMT This story has been updated with the BCCI's response

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Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

@GRVJPR: Genuine sacrifice and Dravid are synonyms, please rephrase your statement if its an error.. and Who said Dravid is not a fighter?

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Why everyone want to give name of any individual to any series. Why don't we give the series after the countries like India - England Series so that there will be no conflict between anyone. It will help to develop the relationship between the countries. If everyone is thinking about any individual name then everyone will say to give any person name to the series which will create confusion.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

Accepted Yuvraj is a great batsman, but he is nowhere near to Dravid. Dravid is a legend.

Posted by proudtobeahinduindian on (November 8, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

why not name it after kapil dev. kqpil brought us the world cup. pataudi was standoffish, poor batsman and an extremely unsuccessful captain. Family wishing to promote a member of family for a public privilege is akin to the gandhi family and such like legacy building efforts. BCCI was created to take all concerns in to account. Let them do their job or else stand for elections.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (November 8, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

Call it the Kapil Botham or the Graham (Gooch or Thorpe) Ganguly cup simple, no one has heard of this Pataudi fellow.

Posted by Texmex on (November 7, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

"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"

BCCI was already calling it Anthony De Mello - why did MCC want to name it Pataudi Trophy?

Posted by Haleos on (November 7, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

MR Srinivasan may well name the trophy as MGR/Jaylalitha/Karunanidhi trophy. That way his beloved state will be happy atleast.

Posted by xylo on (November 7, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

@ suniljoseph, the problem is that we asians hero-worship too much that we forget that it is not a one man show to run the game. a cine actor is treated like God, as if he were the one who came up with the script of the movie, made the whole thing by himself, and as if he is that good in real life. Pakistan worships Afridi, India Sachin. Do you think ignoring the contributions of the likes of Dravid, Laxman, Gambhir and Zaheer is justified? For what it is worth, this guy De Mello could be the one responsible for setting up new stadiums, or maybe set up tours of England to India when India was a pariah in the world of cricket. But, hey, he did not play the game; so he does not deserve the fame.

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 7, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Our natiion only respect stuckers like Dravid, and not the fighters like Yuvraj and pataudi. People who are selfish will always be rewarded in India. Unfortunately, this is how our country is. There is no respect for genuine sacrifice.

Posted by MJ1234 on (November 7, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

BCCI has again made a muchado about nothing. The Pataudi trophy was introduced in 2007 and MAK Pataudi himself gave it away to the then winning Indian captain - Dravid. Now what were the BCCI doing these past 2-3 years. It is strange to have two trophies for a marquee series.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (November 7, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

Refusing Sharmilla Tagore's request has all the gracelessness that N Srinivasan seems a natural at. Even if it be accepted that Anthony Demello was with Arthur Gilligan and Grant Gove at the first meeting at the Roshanara in 1927 after which the BCCI came into existence, his attitude all through his life was one of arrogance. Probably because he felt he was on the right side of colonialism. He was totally against everything Bengali and Amarnath.This will show that he was more interested in the glory of being hailed as a "pioneer" rather than be concerned about the good of Indian cricket. He did not mind a divided house as long he was at the helm of things. It may be having an ironic significance that the India England home series came to be christened as the Demello Trophy. It smacks of subservience. Srinivasan probably could not stomach the awe people hold Pataudi in despite his passing away. More importantly, he should understand that a Trophy's name is not absolute and can change.

Posted by CricketFreud on (November 7, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

way to go antony de mello.. !!! u r the man

Posted by suniljoseph on (November 7, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

I also vote for MAK Patuadi from Pakisran, but there is a problem, we asians never give due respect to our heroes. This is what BCCI is doing.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 7, 2012, 2:23 GMT)

I'm not sure that it's appropriate to criticise the BCCI over this. There's no doubt that Pataudi deserves recognition but there are ways to be recognised other than having this trophy named after him. If it's already named after someone else then it could be considered disrespectful to rename it. That said, it does seem strange that the BCCI named the trophy for series in India without agreement from the ECB/MCC to use that name in England too. Of course, it seems that the MCC decided to use the Pataudi name without BCCI approval too. Regardless, it's still the same trophy and the fact that the BCCI don't want to remove someone else' name from it does not mean that they don't recognise Pataudi's contribution. @GRVJPR, way to keep it relevant.

Posted by TJAPUKAI on (November 7, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

If you want to honour Anthony De Mello,give life time achievement award for the administrators in the name of him.Otherwise, I don't see any relation between the administrator and the India-England Series.You have to respect the Pataudi family.You are ruining the history behind Ind - England by not naming it as "Pataudi Trophy".Thank God ,BCCI is not administrating AUS or Eng.Otherwise, "The Ashes" would be either "Howard Trophy " or "Clarke Trophy"

Posted by xylo on (November 7, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

@davidpk. Without the people behind the scenes, movies and sporting events just cannot be successful. Does anyone know what Anthony De Mello did for the game? I don't either. If not for the BCCI's decision to name it after him, nobody would have even known his name.

Posted by xylo on (November 7, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

lets just call it Vicco Vajradanti India vs England series and let the Pataudi family sponsor a blimp with Pataudi's name on it. That way Shaz and Waz can say, "Look who is watching from above. It is Pataudi."

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

@GRVJPR - I would love to have seen if Yuvraj could have averaged 38 on uncovered wickets and with no protection......

Posted by bonobo on (November 6, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

I am not keen on public campaigning on matters like this. But this was an idea raised by the MCC and senior figures in Indian cricket on Pataudis death and it does seem fitting given his importance not just to Indian cricket, but the relationship between English and Indian cricket. In principle I dont see reason why patronage of such titles cannot chnage whilst retaining due respect to previous title bearers, as long as they are done with caution, consideration and due appreciation of history. This would it seem be an ideal case

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

GRVJPR.. if u love yuvraj let it be. u dont have any right to criticize dravid.. u cannot compare a guy who is still not able to find a place in indian test team for 10 years with "the legend"..

Posted by PPD123 on (November 6, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

You find this only with the BCCI. Why so much of confusion. How many people know and remember Anthony De Mello. With all due respects he was after all an administrator and not a player. BCCI being managed by folks who have never played the game is just dragging the reputation of cricket down in India. Cant imagine people like Kumble or Dravid making such a decision.

Posted by PrasPunter on (November 6, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

as if this is going to solve all the problems plaguing the indian cricket...

Posted by rajpan on (November 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

My understanding was that ECB had instituted the trophy in the name of Pataudi the senior, for the series played in England, more in recognision of his having played for England. Probably, we could have had a Pataudi-Pataudi Trophy for the series in England as well as in India.

Posted by Nampally on (November 6, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

@Percy_Fender: Thanks for your reminecence about a legendary Cricketer. It is difficult for present generation of cricketer to realize how tough it was to be a Cricketer in !960 to 80 era. Tiger Pataudi blossomed during this phase, despite being challenged with minimal vision in one eye (never recovered fully after eye surgery). Most Cricketers would have given up Cricket but not Pataudi. Not only that he was a born leader & under his captaincy the Indian spinners blossomed to their peak with as many as 4 spinners in XI in some Tests. He was the best Test Captain India has ever produced, as all Cricketers who played with him confess. His lifetime dedication to the Indian Cricket is well known. Since he played high level Cricket in both England & India, dedication of Trophy in his name for the India England series is a fitting way to honour MAK Pataudi. Sharmila Tagore, herself a great Bollywood actress, deserves an affirmative response from BCCI to her perfectly logical request.

Posted by Sanawana on (November 6, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

The Greats should be respected! He was indeed a fighter! His case gets my vote from Pakistan if it really counts!

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 6, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

its funny how india seem more interested naming grounds and such like to administrators more than great and well respected cricketers. in the ipl you see owners and administrators or film stars sitting in pomp watching the games. its even more snobbish than england used to be.

Posted by sumit176 on (November 6, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

nowdays evry1 needs free publicity,,,tomorrow even vinod kambli will come and ask bcci to host tournament named after him

Posted by Triple_A on (November 6, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

In my opinion, trophies should not be named after someone. Sharmila tried and failed - big deal. She should move on and readers should not make a big whoop about an insignificant detail. Just because the trophy has not been named after the Tiger does not mean we will forget his or his father's contributions to cricket! Soon everyone will want a trophy named after them and will sulk and make noise if their's isn't important enough. Hence, do away with the naming and keep all the clashes/tournaments devoid of controversy.

Posted by deepakdr on (November 6, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Pataudi richly deserves it.His services to Indian cricket cannot be considered any less than any of the cricketers who have represented this country.Let any battle the odds which he faced ,and come out with such colors.He was a genius,undone by trajedy.Still his cricketing skills were a treat to watch.I was fortunate to watch him bat and field and he gave lots of pleasure doing both.His strokes were a class apart and the effortless ease with which he lofted bowlers was commendable. BCCI is known to behave autocratically and wants to continue with Antonio's name which is unfortunate and puts BCCI's treatment of its legends into question.

Posted by sharidas on (November 6, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

It was a good thought, but, unfortunately it will not be fair to rename it either. Both Pataudis will always be remembered for their game and contribution to Indian Cricket. Perhaps all India England tests could be named the Pataudi Series for the Demello trophy.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (November 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

and 'Tiger'Pataudi was made Captain as if it was so ordained. It was Pataudi who was the original captain who started the process of instilling self belief Indian cricketers. Many years later Saurav just emulated him in my opinion. Matches between India and England came to be played as the Pataudi Trophy in recognition of a Prince who had done for India what Ranji and Duleep had done for England. The BCCI had recognised the Tiger in this recognition. It is sad therefore when thepresent incumbents of the same BCCI have thought it proper to rename the said trophy in the name of Anthony Demello who definitely,while being the pioneer of cricket administration in India was no cricketer. None other than Duleep dismissed him with contempt. Demello is remembered more for his animosity towards Bengal and of course Lala Amarnath. How can such a man take away an honour so deservingly conferred upon a Cricketing legend. I hope that there is some judicial intervention to restore status quo.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (November 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

I had been following Nawab Mansur ali Khan Pataudi's career even when he was an undraduate at Oxfordd University and when he played for Sussex in the County Championship. I remember in one season playing for Oxford or a team called Free Foresters, he had scored a 100 each against Lancashire and then Yorkshire against Statham and Truman respectively.The two great fast bowlers used to open the bowling for England then.My expectations of him started then because I believed that cricket came naturally to the Princes of India. Then there was this tragedy of the car accident in which he lost an eye. My hopes seemed dashed on that day. But soon thereafter,I read that he had got an artificial eye fixed and was still sure of playing cricket.There was new hope and it happened when he was selected for India against England in 1961 against Ted Dexter's team. He never looked to be playing with just one eye and scored a 100 in his 2nd Test.Soon they were in West indies when the Contractor tragedy

Posted by Nampally on (November 6, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

MAK Pataudi was a fine Cricketer who dedicated his lifetime in Cricket either serving India by playing or by supporting its administation. He captained India in 40 Test Matches at a time when India was sadly lacking in leadership. Just like Abbas Ali Baig, Pataudi was an Oxford University player & forced his entry into the Indian team thru' his batting skill & brilliant fielding. Despite his eye injury in a car accident, Pataudi modified his stance to an open stance due to limited vision in one eye & still performed brilliantly in batting with eye. When the senior Cricketers have been credited with so many things, it will be a good gesture by BCCI to name this trophy after MAK Pataudi. He played lot of Cricket in England & was just as popular in England as in India. Sharmila richly deserves to honour her husband's memory as a token of her love for him.It is not exactly a "Taj Mahal" but still would be magnanimous for BCCI to acknowledge Pataudi's outstanding services to Indian Cricket.

Posted by Haleos on (November 6, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Longing for fame are these royalties.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (November 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

First and foremost all BCCI officials of non-cricketing background need to be removed from their posts and replaced by prominent former-cricketers who understand the game well - only then will the BCCI live and breathe cricket and there will be expert help for budding cricketers at every avenue! Secondly, this is a prime example to how the BCCI treats the families of players who have served the country well. Ms Tagore deserves a response from BCCI, in the least, regardless of whether they uphold her request.

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 6, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

This should be done as quickly as possible. Beside this, if pataudi avaeraged 34 and was acceptable then why likes of Yuvraj sing with averages of 38 etc are criticized. Yuvraj at least doesnt get stuck like dravid against good bowling. Dravi'd average of 25 in south africa and only 1 century also puts question mark against his techniq against genuinely quick bowling.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 6, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

That makes sense. Patuadi was known as Tiger in his playing days. He was always aggressive and was the first one to cultivate a desire to win among Indian cricketers. Before Pataudi, Indian cricketers were too happy to roll over.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

Nawab Deserved to be named.. I think more than the name Border-Gavaskar for Australian series, Nawab deserves.

Posted by Vivek.Bhandari on (November 6, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

I thought the trophy is called Pataudi Trophy; but later realized that it's only the ECB that gives it out as Pataudi Trophy and BCCI is as usual busy figuring out sponsorship deals. I wonder if the same is going to be with Border-Gavaskar, Kapil-Headly, and other similarly named series.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

What difference does it make. One shouldn't demand recognition - It will not have any value. Not at least from BCCI.

Posted by tabsstars on (November 6, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

I agree with Sharmila. He was Legend and true Indian.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

I didn't know you could request for naming a Trophy. Can cricinfo publish something related to this matter ? something that tells me what has the history been like in these type of incidents ?

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

To be honest, he deserved such respect ... this should be named after him

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