New Delhi: Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is not leaving anything to chance to make Sachin Tendulkar's last and 199th Test at the Eden Gardens a memorable occasion, and topping the list of preparations is a special memento of one-feet silver banyan tree loaded with 199 golden leaves - The Telegraph reported.
CAB and Mumbai Cricket Association, who will host the 200th and last Test of Tendulkar's career at the Wankhede Stadium, have gone into overdrive in their preparations for the big occasion.
CAB sources told The Telegraph that the memento will be crafted by a Kolkata jeweller and presented to Tendulkar during the prize distribution of the Nov 6-10 Test. Also part of the plans is a shower of 199kg of rose petals when Tendulkar takes the field.
Sources also told the newspaper that the memento's design will be sent to Tendulkar for his approval. The report also said that CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya has booked 25 VIP rooms at Taj Bengal for the guests who he has personally invited.
"Eden Gardens missed out on Sourav Ganguly's last match. We are trying to ensure that Tendulkar's last outing here as a player becomes a memorable one," CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly was quoted as saying. "We will begin the celebration ahead of the match and take it to a crescendo on the last day," he added.
Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar are scheduled to inaugurate an exhibition of Tendulkar's photographs on November 4, which will be followed by release of the golden coin designed for the toss and a 45-page booklet that contains tributes written by players ranging from Abdul Qadir to Shane Warne. Those lucky few who managed to secure a ticket for the match will get a free copy of the booklet.