The CAB had initially planned to make lavish arrangements for the dinner by inviting members of the two sides, former players, and eminent personalities for the event.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar cut-outs are placed on a float in Kolkata yesterday. Pic/AFP

“When we invited him, Sachin told us he needs to focus on the Test match, and so he would like to skip the dinner. We respect his decision.

Other players of the two sides are also not being invited. BCCI members, and local cricket officials will attend the dinner now,” said CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly.

Asked whether BCCI president N Srinivasan would attend the gala, Ganguly said: “He will surely come for the match. But we are yet to get confirmation from him for the dinner”.