Sachin Tendulkar © Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar © Getty Images

Kolkata:  Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar will sign the certificates for the blood donors at the Cricket Association of Bengal’s 90th Foundation Day here on February 3. Dedicated to the memory of Sir Frank Worrell, the blood donation camp is being organised for the 38th year in succession as the donors will be handed over badges and certificates of honour signed by the Indian maestro.

Seven blood banks with the total collection capacity of 1200 units would collect blood from 9am to 6pm, CAB  joint- secretary Avishek Dalmiya said today. Former Indian stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and VVS Laxman had signed the certificates in the last three years. The CAB will also hold an exhibition match between CAB President’s XI and Chairman Board of Trustees XI as part of their Foundation Day programme.

Since 1981, the CAB has been observing its foundation day of February 3, organising blood donation camp dedicated to Frank Worrell in remembrance of the incident at the Barbados Test, 1962, when Indian skipper Nari Contractor was hit by a Charlie Griffith bouncer.

Inspired by Worrell, who came forward to donate blood, the Indian and West Indies cricketers gave blood for the seriously injured Indian skipper.