We will be giving them mementoes at around 6 in the evening just before the start of the game © Getty Images
CAB official said they will be giving mementoes to the eight former cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar (above) at around 6 in the evening just before the India vs Pakistan match © IANS

Kolkata: The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Monday confirmed that they are planning to felicitate eight legendary cricketers from India and Pakistan ahead of the two sides locking horns in a ICC World Twenty20 2016 group encounter here on March 19. Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Intikhab Alam would be handed over mementoes prior to the start of the high-voltage game that is expected to draw huge crowds at the iconic Eden Gardens. “We plan to felicitate four legends each from India and Pakistan. We will be giving them mementoes at around 6 in the evening just before the start of the game. We have requested them to be here and are presently awaiting confirmation from them,” a senior CAB official told IANS. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand, Match 13, Super-10 stage, ICC World T20 2016 at Nagpur

The tickets for the much-awaited clash are in hot demand, and Eden is expected to be filled to capacity for the clash. Speaking about the premier clash between the two neighbours, the official said: “We are likely to distribute the tickets from March 15 or 16. It all depends on the CAB President (Sourav Ganguly) as to how he distributes them. But it will be a full house no doubt.” Full Scorecard: India vs Pakistan, 19th T20 Match, Super 10 Group 2

Earlier, Eden Gardens, the main cricket stadium of CAB had roped in high tech drainage system. CAB is expecting full house of 65,000 would scream their lungs out in the World Twenty 20 final at a greener and prettier Eden Gardens, with a revamped drainage system which promises to rid the iconic cricket venue of its perennial water-logging problem. Every cricketer who has played at the Eden agrees his cricketing experience would have been incomplete without a game at this ground. Many say it is cricket’s answer to the Colosseum, the historic ampitheatre in Rome.