MCC Stamp on 75 years of Indian Test Cricket

July 21st, 2007

The Marylebone Cricket Club, in association with the Bletchley Post Office, released a special stamp commemorating the 75th anniversary of India in Test cricket. The stamps feature the newly-commissioned Pataudi Trophy, named after the senior Nawab of Pataudi,  alongside an England Lion and BCCI logo.

 The stamps will be available in commemorative sheets of 20 stamps and on two first day covers.

The first cover uses artwork by MCC young artist Karen Neale to show the match day view from the Edrich Stand at Lord’s.

The second features a montage by Clare Pollitt, taken from the collection of noted cricket historian Boria Majumdar. This collection will be on display in the Long Room at Lord’s from July 19, the first day of the Test match, for three months. 

Pataudi senior had taken part in the trials in 1931 to select the Indian team. His name was even suggested as captain. But he opted out at the last moment. During the 1932 tour, Pataudi actually played for Worcestershire against India where he scored a masterly 83. He would later go on to play for England in the 1932-33 series against Australia. Pataudi eventually led India in the post-World War II series against England in 1946.

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