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Cricket Australia to honour dead heroes

05/05/2005 07:18:45 PM Comments (0)

Cricket Australia is to commemorate its 100th anniversary by honouring its deceased players.

As the sporting body celebrates its 100th birthday on Friday, Cricket Australia said the baggy green cap crest could be used on the gravestones of its deceased players.

Descendants of deceased Australian Test players will also be offered a commemorative certificate to honour their role in helping make cricket part of the Australian way of life.

Friday marks 100 years since the first meeting of the Australian Board of Control for International Cricket Matches, an organisation which later became the Australian Cricket Board and then Cricket Australia.

Chairman Bob Merriman said the organisation was marking its centenary with a project to honour former Test cricketers.

"We held a major reunion of men's Test players in mid-2003, presenting each with a mini baggy green cap and an inscription of their personal Australian Test player number," he said.

All living female, and all debuting Australian players, both male and female, have since received their baggy green caps with their personal number.

"We are now offering the descendants of the 192 deceased Australian male Test players who represented Australia prior to the 2003 reunion group, and the descendants of our deceased female players, with special certificates - hand inscribed with the players individual Test numbers."

Cricket Australia will place a national newspaper advertisement calling for all direct relatives of deceased Test cricketers to contact Cricket Australia to receive a commemorative certificate.

The 100-year birthday party will take place on Friday night at Ormond Hall, close to the location of the inaugural meeting held at Wesley College in Melbourne, on May 6 1905.

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