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Stage set for Lara's farewell party

cricket Updated: Apr 21, 2007 16:17 IST

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The stage for Brian Lara's farewell is perfectly set. All the tickets are sold out for the last Super Eight match of the World Cup between the West Indies and England at the refurbished Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Saturday.

More than 23,000 tickets have been sold for the game, which will see the old rivals playing for pride and to determine fifth and sixth place in the standings.

The people of Barbados have a deep passion for cricket. Kensington, affectionately known as 'The Mecca', has been the venue for a number of historic cricketing moments. No doubt the stadium will again witness another such moment as fans pay tribute to two icons of the sport.

"The last match of the Super Eights is being dedicated to the memory of Sir Frank Worrell - a great cricketer and captain and an outstanding citizen of the Caribbean.

"Now, the day will hold even more significance for West Indies supporters and cricket lovers the world over. Brian Charles Lara is one of the greatest players ever to grace the planet and this will be the last time he'll don the famous maroon cap," said Chris Dehring, managing director of the tournament.

"The West Indies, and indeed the cricketing world, will want to give Lara a fitting farewell for all the great memories. He is the best I have ever seen and I feel privileged to have been around for many of his great innings," he said.

Thanks to an outstanding first-class, One-Day International and Test career, left-handed Lara holds four world records for his brilliance with the bat.

Lara holds the record for the most Test runs (11,953); the highest individual Test score (400 not out versus England in Antigua 2004); the highest individual first-class score (501 not out for Warwickshire versus Durham in 1994) and the most runs in an over of a Test match (28 runs off South African spinner Robin Peterson in the 2003-04 series.