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CCI to honour Sachin Tendulkar on 75th anniversary of Brabourne

Mumbai, Nov 22 (): The Cricket Club of India (CCI) is to honour the master batsman Sachin Tendulkar as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations at its Brabourne Stadium on Thursday in Mumbai.

The president of cricket board N Srinivasan will be the chief guest and would honour the “First Citizen of the World of Cricket.”

The England team skipper Alastair Cook, director of the team Andy Flower and the batting coach of England team Graham Gooch will be present in the function, the release added.

Established in 1937, the Brabourne Stadium hosted Test matches from 1948 to 1972, and it was the venue for the Bombay Pentangular matches between 1937 and 1946. In the North Stand of Brabourne stadium was the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) head office and also the famous 1983 Cricket World Cup trophy till 2006, afterwards both were shifted to the newly built Cricket Centre at the Wankhede Stadium.

The Wankhede Stadium just some hundred metres away north of the Brabourne stadium was built by BCA after some disputes over ticketing arrangements with the CCI. After Wankhede was built, no Test matches were played in this stadium till 2009. In December 2009 a test match was hosted after 36 year interval. Virender Sehwag, who lost out on a chance of becoming the only batsman to score three triple centuries (Sehwag scored 293), was the man of the match.

It was the venue for the first T20 International played in India in 2007. Brabourne hosted 17 Test matches between 1948 and 1973.

CCI secretary NK Jha said, “We will present Sachin Tendulkar with a gold-plated plaque for completing an unprecedented 100 international hundreds earlier this year.”

During the golden jubilee of CCI in 1987–88, the Indian players Mohammed Azharuddin and Roger Binny played a match for CCI XI; Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Mudassar Nazar and Rameez Raja played for Pakistan. Due to shortage of players in Pakistan team, Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar, fielded for Pakistan as a substitute player, when he was just 14 years old.