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PHOTOS: Former captains felicitated at Eden

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Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013, 13:10 [IST]
 
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Kolkata, Jan 4: Former captains of India and Pakistan were felicitated on Thursday during the second ODI against Pakistan at Eden Gardens to mark the 25 years of Indo-Pak cricket.

During the innings break of the second ODI between India and Pakistan, around 19 former cricketers including Wasim Akram, Intikhab Alam, Rameez Raja, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble went around the stadium in open-air jeeps waving at fans before the felicitation.

Former India cricketers like Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar, Krishamachari Srikkanth, Ravi Shastri, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman were accompanied by the prince of Kolkata Sourav Ganguly. His solo appearance in the jeep received a thunderous applause.

Ravi Shastri, Wasim Akram at Eden Gardens

Former India skipper Ravi Shastri and Pakistan captain Wasim Akram wave to spectators as they take a ride in an open vehicle at a felicitation programme

'Prince of Kolkata' takes a ride at Eden

Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly takes a ride in an open vehicle at a felicitation programm, organised by Cricket Association of Bengal

CM Mamata Banerjee with former cricketers

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with former cricketers of India and Pakistan at Eden Gardens

Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly during the felicitation

Former India captains Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar share a lighter moment during the felicitation programme.

CM Mamata Banerjee honours Wasim Akram

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee honouring former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram at a felicitation programme on Thursday.

Sunil Gavaskar honoured

CM Mamata Banerjee felicitates former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar at Eden Gardens

Mamata Banerjee felicitates Sourav Ganguly

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee honouring former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly at a felicitation programme on Thursday.

Sourav Ganguly interacts with Mamata Banerjee

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly interacts with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during the felicitation programme at Eden Gardens on Thursday.

Pakistan's Wasim Akram, Intikhab Alam, Sadiq Mohammad, Imtiaz Ahmed, Mushtaq Mohammad, Rameez Raja were taken around the field on a golf cart, during the break and were felicitated by the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee.

Eden Gardens also hosted the first ODI against Pakistan on Feb 18, 1987.

"It's a historic day over here today. It's wonderful to see and meet most of your ex-cricketers. I met (Bishan Singh) Bedi, Kapil (Dev), Ajit Wadekar. Bishan is a good friend of mine. I met Sunil Gavaskar alongside whom I played for Rest of the World and I also played against him," said former Pakistani skipper Intikhab Alam.

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Story first published:  Friday, January 4, 2013, 11:27 [IST]
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