Sanjay Manjrekar will ring the bell to signal five minutes before the start of play on Day Three of the second Specsavers Test match between England and India at Lord’s on Saturday.
Manjrekar, a middle-order right-handed batsman and occasional wicket-keeper, played 37 Test matches and 74 One-Day Internationals for India in the late eighties.
Known for the correctness of his technique, he scored over 10,000 first-class runs and his 2,043 Test runs included a double-century against Pakistan.
He won the Ranji Trophy Final twice with Mumbai – the second time as captain, and since his retirement has gone on to carve out a successful media career as a commentator and pundit.
The ringing of the five-minute bell at a Lord’s Test by an international cricketer, administrator or well-known enthusiast of the sport is a tradition introduced in 2007.
The bell, which is located outside the Bowlers’ Bar of the Lord’s Pavilion, is rung to signify the imminent start of play, and it has become a great honour to be invited to ring it on the morning of a Test match.
For more information about past bell-ringers at Lord’s, please visit www.lords.org/history
The bell-ringers for the subsequent days of the Test match will be announced via lords.org each day.