India-England Test Cricketers on Friday (tomorrow) will wear black armbands as a mark of respect for former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who passed away on December 5, when they take to MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai for the fifth and final Test of the Anthony De Mello series.
“We have requested both England and India teams to wear black armbands as a mark of respect for the departed soul of our former CM. Because of this tragedy, the TNCA has decided against having any kind of function or felicitation during the match,” a senior Tamil Nadu Cricket Association official said.
The TNCA will also adopt a low-key approach during the fifth Test followed by the death of CM Jayalalithaa.
The armbands will be the public commemoration of the death of charismatic leader in the state.
Coming as a shock for common masses in the state, Jayalalithaa’s death was confirmed by Apollo Hospital’s officials after a day when later denied the media reports of her passing away.
She passed away at the age of 68 after suffering from the cardiac arrest.
Earlier, the AIADMK supremo was hospitalised after she complained of fever and dehydration on September 22.
It’s pertinent to mention the TNCA officials are working hard to get the match underway on time after the cyclone Vardash, which claimed 10 lives so far, has caused significant damage to the property including sightscreens, ACs and floodlight lamps at Chepauk Stadium.
“Turf and outfield has not been affected by the Cyclone, but sightscreens have been badly damaged by Cylone Vardah and a lot of electrical equipment including floodlight bulbs,” Kashi Viswanathan, TNCA Secretary said.
As India would like to end the Test series on a high note with a whitewash, England equally at task would be trying hard to save some pride. India are 3-0 up in the five-match series.