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    MCA renames Kandivali ground as Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana Club

    Mumbai: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Tuesday renamed the Kandivili ground as the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana Club.

    Sharad Pawar, the newly-elected MCA president, announced the change of name in a press conference here. "We have decided to name our clubhouse at Kandivali after Sachin Tendulkar and the unveiling function would be held there on November 11 in the presence of both the teams - West Indies and India," Pawar said.

    The first Test of the India-West Indies series is to be played from November 6-10 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata while the second and final game, which would also mark the end of Tendulkar's glittering career, will be held at the Wankhede Stadium from November 14-18.

    "Both India and West Indies teams would come to our Kandivali facility direct after landing in Mumbai from Kolkata to be present for the felicitation function and then go to their hotel. We want to hold it on a grand scale," Pawar said.

    He also said that this was the only official felicitation function that is planned by Tendulkar's parent association to mark his departure from the game. Among the functionaries attending it would be current Cricket Board president N Srinvasan and the other office bearers of BCCI.

    "This is the official felicitation function of Sachin Tendulkar by MCA. BCCI president N Srinivasan has accepted our invitation in principle to be present along with several other dignitaries, including the Maharashtra CM [Prithviraj Chavan]," Pawar said.

    "The BCCI is likely to felicitate him ten minutes before the commencement of the Mumbai Test on November 14," he added.

    Pawar said MCA's Kandivali clubhouse was even better than its clubhouse at the Bandra-Kurla Complex and will house several photographs from the cricket career of the batting great.

    All the past cricketers from Mumbai, who have played Tests and Ranji Trophy, will be invited for the November 11 function.

    Tendulkar has decided to bring down curtains to his glorious 25-year long career after his 200th Test against West Indies in mid November.

    The veteran batsman had requested the BCCI to organise his swansong match at his home ground, the Wankhede Stadium, which was accepted by the board.

    (With inputs from PTI)