Calcutta: VVS Laxman's bond with the city is special. Therefore, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) making an exception for the iconic batsman is not at all surprising.
The CAB has planned to felicitate the former India and Pakistan captains during the innings break of the ODI. But along with them, Laxman will also be honoured at the ground where he sketched that immortal 281-run innings in 2001.
Speaking on Monday, Biswarup Dey, the CAB treasurer, said: "We will be felicitating the former captains… Though we can't confirm all the names, we are expecting a healthy presence… Laxman is a special invitee on that day, and, though he is not a former captain, he will be felicitated along with the Kapil Devs just for his special bond with this city and this ground."
Among those who are likely to be present are: India ' Ajit Wadekar, Gundappa Vishwanath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Bishan Bedi, Kapil, Sunil Gavaskar, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble; Pakistan ' Intikhab Alam, Mushtaq Mohammed, Ramiz Raja and Inzamam-ul Haq.
The CAB will be presenting a 1kg silver plaque (specially made for the occasion), a tie bearing the logo of the association and Rs one lakh as a token of respect.