The three-Test series will mark the beginning of what has been named ‘India Cricket’ season by BCCI © AFP
The three-Test series will mark the beginning of what has been named ‘India Cricket’ season by BCCI © AFP

New Delhi, Sep 19 (PTI) DDCA director Sunil Yadav has been appointed the BCCI observer for India‘s 500th Test, which will be played against New Zealand in Kanpur from Thursday. “DDCA director Sunil Yadav has been appointed BCCI observer for the historic Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur, as per information received from BCCI on Monday,” said DDCA and BCCI vice-president CK Khanna in a release. The Indian cricket team will begin their big home season which consists of 13 Tests, 8 ODIs and 3 T20Is in late September, taking on the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand. The three-Test series will mark the beginning of what has been named ‘India Cricket’ season by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Test series will be followed by a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series, scheduled to be played from October 16-29, 2016.

Meanwhile, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has launched a fan engagement initiative ‘Dream Team’ to mark the 500th Test of Team India. The first Test match of the New Zealand tour of India to be played at Kanpur from September 22 onwards will be Team India’s 500th Test match. The initiative empowers cricket fans from all across the globe to vote for India’s ‘Dream Team’ through a series of poll questions on Indian cricket team’s Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/IndianCricketTeam.

Talking about the initiative , BCCI president Anurag Thakur said: “I have always believed that the heart of the game lies with its fans and what better way to celebrate the historic moment of 500th Test match by giving the fans a chance to vote for their ‘Dream Team’. I am pleased that over 100,000 cricket fans have already voted to pick their top-order in the ‘Dream Team’ and I expect that number to grow manifolds in coming days.”