On Sunday morning former India skipper Ajit Wadekar was at Shivaji Park. He had an eye on the sky. Shivaji Park Gymkhana (SPG) were playing Parsee Gymkhana and Wadekar was hoping that the rain stays away.
Twenty two Test players in all, including Vijay Manjrekar, Subash Gupte, Ramakant Desai, Bapu Nadkarni, Wadekar and Praveen Amre have represented Shivaji Park
As part of the centenary celebrations, Wadekar is banking on old and trusted friends. During the early 1970s, Wadekar's State Bank of India (SBI) team used to tour Sri Lanka. This was before the Island Nation received Test status.
The SBI tours were aimed at helping the Lankans improve their standard of cricket and at the same time it allowed Indian players to adapt to different conditions.
A celebrity match, as a part of the centenary celebrations, will be held at the SPG shortly after Ganesh Chaturthion August 23.
"Arjuna Ranatunga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya are among the Sri Lankan players who have confirmed their participation. Invitations have also being extended to Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli among others," Wadekar told.
"These Sri Lankan players can't say no to me. Sri Lanka is like a second home for me. I have a bond with them that stretches back to many years. It'll be a great game of cricket."
Source : DNA India