'Matter is under consideration', says Shukla on Sharmila's letter to BCCI
Senior BCCI official Rajiv Shukla on Tuesday said the matter regarding the letter written by Sharmila Tagore, actor and wife of Late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, seeking institution of a Pataudi lecture and a Pataudi Trophy for the upcoming India-England series, is in the domain of the president and the working committee.
"Mrs. Sharmila Tagore has written to BCCI President Mr. Srinivasan, she has sent an e-mail requesting him to name the England series after her late husband who was a great cricketer and her son Saif Ali Khan has spoken to me twice requesting the series to be named after his father," said Shukla.
"I think the matter is in the domain of BCCI President and BCCI Working Committee; they will have to look at several aspects before arriving out any decision. I think the matter is under consideration," he added.
Sharmila Tagore has written to the BCCI President, asking him to make the Pataudi Trophy (India-England series) official.
"As you are aware, next week India-England test series begins. I am given to understand ECB has already written to BCCI requesting to make the trophy official. You will recall my previous mail to you where I had mentioned our disappointment at the close of the test series at the Oval and had urged you to take the matter forward and formalise the trophy," said Tagore in her letter to Srinivasan.
"You had assured me that you have told the people concerned to take it forward. Please note that this correspondence is almost a year old. Now, since there is very little time before the start of the series, I am hoping you will act on this matter soon and inform me about your decision at your earliest," she added.
Tagore has also questioned the delay in instituting the BCCI Annual Lecture in Tiger Pataudi's name.