New Delhi. The rescheduled 5th Test match of the series is being played between India and England at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham. The Indian team scored 416 runs in its first innings in this match. Vice-captain Rishabh Pant contributed 146 runs while Ravindra Jadeja scored 104 runs. Before the start of the second day, along with the spectators on the field, the players also wore blue caps for a special purpose and applauded in memory of former England pacer Bob Willis for 45 seconds.
Actually, the connection of this cap to Willis itself. He died of prostate cancer. Since then, the Bob Willis Fund has been created in his name with the intention of treating, testing and making people aware of this disease.
In such a situation, players and spectators also wore this special blue cap with the intention of raising funds for prostate cancer research during the ongoing Test match between India and England at Edgbaston. Let us inform that Willis died of prostate cancer in December 2019. Then he was 70 years old. Since then, the #BlueForBob campaign is going on in England for the treatment and research of this disease. Last year also, when Pakistan’s team came on the tour of England, even in one ODI, the players, commentators and spectators of both the teams wore blue caps.
Raising public awareness about prostate cancer
One out of every 8 men in the UK is affected by prostate cancer. However, so far no national screening program has started in the country, so that it can be found out how dangerous this cancer can be. The job of the Bob Willis Fund is to change this thinking and make the government and common people aware of it. The fund has been started by Willis’ wife Lauren Clarke and his brother David.
Today Edgbaston turns #BlueForBob
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 2, 2022
Spectators and special guests will also be part of the campaign
The #BobsBowlingZone challenge will be included on the second day of the Edgbaston Test i.e. Saturday, in which a group of supporters of England and India Barmy and India Army, spectators and special guests present at Edgbaston Stadium will bowl 2,000 balls throughout the day. This will be equal to the number of male fans present in the stadium on this day, who are suspected to have prostate cancer.
Willis took 325 wickets for England
Bob Willis played county cricket for Warwickshire from 1972 to 1984. Edgbaston was his home ground then. He was successful in winning the county championship with this club in the first season itself. He took 325 wickets in 90 Tests for England at an average of 25.20. Only James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Sir Ian Botham averaged better than Willis. His most memorable spell came in the Ashes Test at Headingley in July 1981, when he took 8 for 43 against Australia. England won this match.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 02, 2022, 17:00 IST