The annual initiative is in memory of the great West Indian Sir Frank Worrell (above), who had donated blood to Indian captain Nari Contractor © Getty Images

Kolkata: Feb 3, 2013

Around 1483 people donated blood in the annual camp held at Eden Gardens and across 16 district headquarters of the state on Sunday by The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to celebrate its 85th Foundation Day named after the legendary West Indian player Sir Frank Worrell.

The CAB is organising the annual blood donation camp for 33 years in the name of Worrell, who had donated blood to save the life of Indian captain Nari Contractor after he fractured his skull to a Charlie Griffith bouncer during a Test match here in 1962.

“The CAB holds the annual blood donation camp in Sir Worrell’s memory as a gesture to his contribution,” a CAB official said.

The CAB handed out certificates signed by former India skipper Srinivas Venkataraghavan.