BLAST FROM THE PAST: England's Len Hutton and India's Vijay Hazare at the toss during the 1952 series. (Getty Images)
New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India and the England and Wales Cricket Board will jointly present former England and India captains and players with a specially made commemorative cap at an on-field ceremony during the first Test to mark the 100th match between the two countries.
The event will be held during Sunday's lunch interval, which is day four of the first Test that starts at the Lord's on Thursday. This will be followed by a parade of past players which will include former captains of both countries such as Ian Botham, Bob Willis, Nasser Hussain, Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI said in a statement on Wednesday.
ECB Chairman Giles Clarke and BCCI President Shashank Manohar will also mark the occasion with a formal exchange of gifts at the toss.
The 100th Test between India and England, who played their first Test at Lord's in 1932, will also mark the 2000th Test in the history of the game.
The 100th Test of the cricket annals was played between Australia and England in 1908. The 500th was one between Australia and West Indies in 1960 and the 1,000th between Pakistan and New Zealand in Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1984.
The first 1000 Tests took 90 years while the next 1000 are being completed in 27 years.