Chennai, Dec 16: India and England cricketers are sporting black armbands on Friday (December 16) during the fifth Test in Chennai as a mark of respect for former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who passed away last week.
The players also paid their homage to the departed soul of Jayalalithaa by observing a minute's silence before start of the game.
"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 TNCA official earlier said.
The cyclone Vardah that lashed the city last Monday had caused considerable damage to the property at Chepauk Stadium but TNCA has worked on warfooting to get the ground ready on time for Test match.
England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat first against India in the fifth and final Test match here at Chennai.