~~Steveda~~ to visit his ~~Indian children~~

Published: Monday, May 31, 2004, 20:55 [IST]
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Kolkata :Inmates of Udayan would have some surprises in store for their 'Steveda' on Tuesday, with the cricketing legend scheduled to undertake his maiden post-retirement visit to the Barrackpore home housing children of lepers.

Steve Waugh, the former Australian skipper who quit international cricket in January amidst touching scenes of emotion, would arrive in the city in the morning and drive down to Udayan in the afternoon to spend quality time with his little friends.

Waugh is scheduled to spend a couple of hours at the home - about 35 kilometers from Kolkata - where he helped to set up a girls wing and showered the inmates with love and gifts during several visits over the years.

''This visit is something special. Not only because this is the first time he is returning to us after his retirement, but also because he is coming a day before his 40th birthday, which falls on June 2," said James Stevens, founder Father of Udayan.

''The children are very enthusiastic and have lined up some surprises for Steve,'' he said.

For the last few days, the children have been redecorating the home to welcome the cricketer who is expected to play a round of cricket with them.

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