New Delhi, Nov 6 (IBNS) Yesteryear Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore, wife of former India captain the late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, in a scathing letter has lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for delay in its decision to institute a Pataudi lecture and a Pataudi Trophy for the upcoming India-England series.
The BCCI, however, stood its ground saying the series is already named after Anthony De Mello, first secretary of the board, since 1951.
"In 2007, when Marylebone Cricket Club (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. India are the current holders of the Anthony De Mello trophy," BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.
In her email to Srinivasan, Tagore also reminded the BCCI that in spite of promising to there have been no efforts yet to formalise it.
Sharmila in a letter to BCCI president N.Srinivasan dated Nov 2 remined him of the Indian cricket board´s promise of instituting the Lecture last year.
"I have requested the BCCI President [N Srinivasan] to institute the Pataudi Trophy for the India-England Test series. I have also asked to fast-track the matter. I haven´t heard from BCCI till now ... I don´t know why they haven´t replied," Sharmila was quoted as saying by the CNN-IBN.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (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 commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first-ever India-England Test series that took place in 1932. But the trophy never got the official stamp from the BCCI.
In 2011, shortly before his death, Pataudi was embarrassed during the presentation of the trophy. He was called on the dias but was ignored as England captain Andrew Strauss was given the sponsor´s trophy.