"Dogs and Indians" Weren't Allowed To Spectate In The First Test Played In India

Around 91 years ago, an 'All-India' cricket team travelled to England to play its first-ever Test Match on June 25, 1932. The four-day Test match at Lord's marked the beginning of a rich legacy of Indian cricket. A year later, on December 15, the team, led by Colonel CK Nayadu, played its first-ever Test match on Indian soil against Douglas Jardine's England at the Bombay Gymkhana Club.

On the 90th anniversary of the historic day, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor shared a picture on X of the first-ever Test match on Indian soil. Mr. Tharoor said, "Today marks the 90th anniversary of the first-ever cricket Test match played on Indian soil, India vs. England, at the historic Bombay Gymkhana ground on December 15, 1933.”

He also said, "Since Indians (and dogs) were not allowed on the Gymkhana premises those days, the Maharaja of Patiala, offended by the way his compatriots were treated, then established the Cricket Club of India and the adjoining Brabourne Stadium, in whose pavilion no racist restrictions applied. It was a great venue where I watched many a test in my childhood.”



Dec 15, 2023 12:07 PM