Sep 3, 2013
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to host the second Test match of the proposed India-West Indies Test series, which will be Sachin Tendulkar’s landmark 200th Test, according to a report.
The BCCI is trying to squeeze in a series against the West Indies ahead of the year-end tour of South Africa. The decision to invite West Indies for two Tests and five one-dayers was taken at the working committee meeting in Kolkata on September 1.
Tendulkar, who has so far played 198 Test matches for India, will have an opportunity to play his 200th Test in front of the home crowd if the tour is finalised.
CAB Treasurer Biswarup Dey told MiD DAY, “I understand Mumbai is keen to host the match as it could be Sa0chin’s last Test at home, but Sachin belongs to Kolkata as well. He belongs to the whole of India.”
“We feel Eden Gardens will be the best stadium to host Sachin’s 200th Test. After all, it has the biggest capacity across all venues [about 67,000 seats] in the country and also has an illustrious history,” he added.
“We requested BCCI president N Srinivasan on Sunday to let Eden host the match. Let’s see how the Board responds,” said Dey.
It is expected that the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) head Ravi Savant will also make a request on the similar lines.
An official from MCA said, “First, let the venues be shortlisted. It is not clear whether we are getting any match. We will decide only after we know the venues.”
The report added that the CAB may get to organise the match as Jagmohan Dalmiya is interim president of the BCCI and the decision may go in their favour.
According to the rotation policy of the BCCI, Bangalore and Ahmedabad are in line to hold Test matches, followed by Mumbai and Kolkata.