Brian Lara laments not playing a Test at Eden Gardens
Kolkata: West Indian batting legend Brian Lara on Sunday lamented that he could never play a Test match at the historic Eden Gardens and made a suggestion to CAB officials that if a veterans match, including Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, could be organised here in the future.
Lara was here on a special invitation from the CAB to watch the last two days of the first Test between India and the West Indies, which however got over in three days with the hosts emerging comfortable winners.
"Lara lamented that he has not played any Test at the majestic Eden Gardens. He suggested us to organise an exhibition cricket match for the veterans involving himself and the Indian duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly," CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey said.
"In a lighter vein he told us to prepare a `batting-friendly` so that Tendulkar would score 200-plus runs, Ganguly 150 and 100-odd runs for him... It was unfortunate that he could not watch the Test match here but he was very happy to be here."
During his glittering 16-year international career, Lara has played three ODIs at the Eden but has never been part of a Test match.
Lara also went to the dressing rooms and appeared emotional.
"With no match, and today being a Sunday, we`re closed. But he`s so kind that he wanted to come and see Eden Gardens. It`s a memorable day for Bengal cricket."
Lara, accompanied by a friend, spent about 15 minutes at the ground, had look at the pitch and was happy to oblige the Cricket Association of Bengal officials and the Eden groundsmen with photo-ops.
Forced to alter his plans after India`s quick win, Lara last night asked the CAB to take him to the Mother House.
"He paid his tribute to Mother Teresa spending some time at the Mother House on AJC Bose Road.
"We also took him to the ancestral house of Swami Vivekananda on Simla Street in north Kolkata," Dey added.