Sachin Tendulkar is likely to be greeted by thousands of spectators wearing his mask or the waving of placards with slogans eulogising the batting genius at the Eden Gardens gallery as he steps onto the iconic ground next month for one last time before hanging up his boots.

Going all out to give a warm farewell to the little master, who plays his 199th and penultimate Test match at the Eden Gardens against the West Indies from November 6, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) mandarins are burning the midnight oil to plan out novel ways to make the big occasion memorable to the cricketer as also the legions of his fans.

Tendulkar is set to bid adieu to cricket after the second Test — the 200th of his glittering career — of the series at Mumbai’s Wankhede Grounds November 14-18.

While plans are afoot to release thousands of balloons bearing his pictures at the start of play on the opening day or subsequent days at the Eden Gardens, the CAB is also toying with the idea of distributing vests bearing Tendulkar’s pictures among the spectators.

(With inputs  from IANS)