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CAB’s ’Sachin Festival’ turns out to be a damp squib

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Story Dated: Saturday, November 09, 2013 09:59 hrs EST

The hype built around Sachin Tendulkar's swansong match at the Eden Gardens fizzled out on Friday as there was no airshow of 199kg of rose petals shower, and no celebrity attendance as the opening Test against the West Indies folded up inside three days without going into the weekend.  "We had made all the arrangements for the fifth and the fourth day. Even the permission from ATC (Air traffic control) was taken for the two days. We didn't expect that the game would end on the third day," CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey said.  In fact, the CAB had expected a fourth day finish as some high profile guests including BCCI supremo N Srinivasan, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and cricketing legends Brian Lara and Steve Waugh were expected on Saturday to felicitate Tendulkar.  "Lara and Waugh already have boarded the flights are expected any time. But things did not go our way," another CAB official said.  The master himself had a forgettable outing after being dismissed for 10 in the first session of second day. He came in to the crease at 9.39 am and only when he started to get into the groove hitting two boundaries, Tendulkar became victim of a dubious umpiring decision.  It was not even half filled as only about 20,000 crowd saw him bat for the last time at the historic stadium.  The CAB, which had welcome the iconic cricketer with confetti burst and erecting a wax statue and took out a tableux, had grand plans of distributing 70,000 Tendulkar masks but it turned out to be a flop show.  The masks were circulated only on Friday but as India did not have to bat again with the West Indies handing an innings and 51 runs defeat there was no 'Tendulkar show' on the stands as well.    India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, immediately after entering the press conference, had pointed out CAB's mistake of misspelling the iconic batsman's name.  "Pehle ye batao Sachin ki naam ki spelling galat kisne likhi? Yeh bahut bada... (First tell me who misspelt Sachin's name, It's a big mistake," was what Dhoni had to say about the billboard that had mentioned: "Celebrating Sachine Tendulkar's 199th Test match".  The CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey in turn had criticised Dhoni for making an issue out of the spelling mistake.  "He could have told us about the mistake. But it's not in the interest of captain to see to this," Dey had said.  While 80 school children wearing T-shirts with Tendulkar's image and 199 written on the back lined up till the dressing room to greet him when he disembarked the team bus, Tendulkar remained calm and went about the routine in a casual manner.

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