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 September 22 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.