Robert Padmore died in Faisalabad, Pakistan on November 20, 2005. He was following the England cricket team during their Pakistan tour. There was a ceremony in the hotel and a memorial plaque was placed on the wall, while the England players wore black armbands during the following day's play.
Ian Bell, the following day
Following discussions with ECB and PCB it was decided to strike medals to be given at the end of a Test series between England and Pakistan. The medal is awarded to the cricketer, who in the opinion of both teams ‘coaches, achieved the “memorable moment” of the tour. 3 medals were struck initially, and in 2013 we were told that a further 6 medals have been made, and we all hope that more will be presented in the future.
All cricketers at Baston will have seen, and probably sat on, the bench that was placed facing the pitch in Rob’s memory.
Rob's parents Terry and Gwen present for the unveiling of Rob's bench in 2010
The 1st medal went to Monty Panesar in 2006 for the ball that bowled Younis Khan in the 3rd Test at Headingley. The ceremony took place before the match as rain was expected; probably just as well as the infamous ball tampering accusations meant that the Pakistan team refused to leave their dressing room after tea.
The 2nd medal was presented in 2010 in the aftermath of the spot fixing scandal and it was decided not to have the usual presentation ceremony but instead it took place inside, in the Long Room at Lord’s. It was won by Eoin Morgan whose innings of 130 at Trent Bridge in the first test, turned a potential poor first innings into a match winning one.
The 3rd medal was presented in 2012 in Dubai, where Pakistan play their “home” games. Thankfully, this time there were no controversial events. The medal was won by Misbah-al-Haq who led his side to a first ever clean sweep in the history of series between the two countries dating back to 1954.
The 4th medal was also presented in UAE earlier this year and this time it went to Yasir Shah for his fantastic bowling as he took 15 wickets at 21.53.
The 5th medal was presented on 14 August this year and went to Joe Root for his special innings of 254 at Old Trafford on 23 July 2016.