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.
'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.