Richie Benaud’s baggy green up for sale

October 23rd, 2008 - 11:28 am ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Oct 23 (IANS) Former Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud’s coveted baggy green cap will be auctioned in Melbourne on Nov 5 and is expected to fetch up to A$ 25,000 (US$16,640).Benaud, a Test cricket all-rounder, has become a highly regarded commentator since his retirement from international cricket in 1964.

“He is arguably the most influential person in world cricket, not only as an inspirational player and leader but through his work as a commentator for the Nine Network and the BBC,” auctioneer Charles Leski said.

The baggy green of Benaud, who captained Australia in 28 Tests and in 1963 became the first player to complete the Test double of 200 wickets and 2,000 runs, is expected to sell for between A$20,000 and A$25,000.

Mark Waugh and Geoff Marsh’s baggy greens will also be auctioned on the day.

Last month, Sir Donald Bradman’s first Test cricket bat went under the hammer, fetching a record price of A$145,000 and, much to the relief of many in Australia, it was snapped by an Australian bidder.

With wide interest in the auction from overseas, including India, it was feared the bat, signed by the entire 1928-29 Australian and English teams, could end up overseas.

In June, former Australian cricket Captain Allan Border’s baggy green cap fetched A29,000. The baggy green, signed by the great cricketer, was said to be his first cap to go on sale in public.

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