Sharmila Tagore, wife of former Indian captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, will be going to London to watch the fifth and final Test between India and England to be played at the Kennington Oval from September 7 to 11 in their fight for the Pataudi Trophy. Also Read - BCCI Apex Council to Discuss Home Series Against England, Domestic Season on October 17
Speaking to a leading daily over phone, Sharmila said, “I will go for the Oval Test match.” Also Read - On This Day: Rahul Dravid Retires From ODIs, Played His Last Match Against England at Cardiff
In 2007, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) commissioned the Pataudi Trophy, named after the late cricketer to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s first test match played in 1932. Also Read - BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Gives Green Signal to India Hosting England in February 2021, Speaks About Resumption of Domestic Cricket
England currently hold the trophy, having retained the trophy they won by beating India in 2011 and 2014. India won the first edition of the series in England in 2007.
In India, the England-India Test series is played for the Anthony De Mello Trophy, but there have been attempts to make the Pataudi Trophy the winner’s prize in India, as well as England.
Surprisingly, no mention of this trophy has been made in the media so far. But Ben Walker, Senior Communications Manager of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has confirmed that it will be handed over to the winner of the ongoing Test series.
Currently, both India and England are involved in the first Test at Edgbaston where the visitors need 84 more runs to win with five wickets in hand to take a 1-0 lead in the series.