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BCCI to felicitate senior players

cricket Updated: Nov 03, 2008 15:38 IST

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Anil Kumble, who has announced his retirement from international cricket, will be felicitated by the Cricket Board along with Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly in Nagpur on November 6, the first day of the fourth and final India-Australia Test.

"Kumble will also be honoured along with Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly," BCCI and Vidarbha Cricket Association President Shashank Manohar told PTI at the VCA's newly built state-of- the-art 45,000-capacity stadium at Jamtha on the busy Nagpur-Hyderabad highway.

Manohar, himself overseeing the last-minute preparations at the new stadium located 16 kms from the heart of the city, said that the players would be handed over mementos prepared by the BCCI's headquarters in Mumbai.

On the retirement of Kumble, who has called it quits yesterday at the end of the drawn Test against Australia at Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi, and the forthcoming farewell by former captain Sourav Ganguly, who is to quit after the five-day encounter in Nagpur, Manohar said replacement for greats was not easy to find.

"Greats are not born everyday, otherwise they are not greats. The onus is on the selectors to find the replacements," he added.

Manohar did not subscribe to the view expressed in some quarters recently that crowds stayed away from the Test series because of lack of proper facilities at Indian venues and pointed out that fans thronged the same venues during the Indian Premier League ties in April-May this year.