Sep 3, 2013
Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar is likely to play his 200th Test at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to invite West Indies to play two Tests ahead of South Africa tour, according to reports.
Earlier, it was decided in the BCCI working committee meeting that the Indian board will invite West Indies to play two Tests and 3 ODIs in November to let Tendulkar play his 200th test in front of home crowd. Latest media report state that BCCI will let Mumbai Cricket Association to host the second Test.
“The first Test will be allotted to either Bangalore or Kolkata while the second Test will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai,” a top BCCI official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express on Tuesday.
BCCI will meet soon to finalise the tour fixtures. Tendulkar has played 198 Tests and would have played his 200th Test in South Africa. However, BCCI stated that the South Africa tour will be cut short.
India is to fly to New Zealand in January and in July they will play five Tests in England. Tendulkar, who has retired from One-Day Internationals last year, would not want to play after the home series against West Indies.
“Since there are just two Test matches at home this year, as per the current schedule, we are keen that Tendulkar plays his 200th Test here at Wankhede, which is his home ground. This historic moment should happen at the Wankhede,” said MCA joint-secretary Nitin Dalal.
MCA is said to make a formal request to the Indian board to let them host the second Test against West Indies in November.