England in India 2012-13 November 6, 2012

'Recognise India-England series as Pataudi Trophy'

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2012, 8:23 GMT

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

  • Ajit 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.

  • Rob 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.

  • karthik 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?

  • Rakesh 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.

  • Vikram 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.

  • GAURAV 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.

  • Mukunth 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.

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