Mumbai Cricket Association wants to host what would be senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test match against the West Indies in November at the Wankhede Stadium.
If MCA gets to host the second match of the series at Tendulkar’s home ground,it would be an out of turn allotment as per the Cricket Board’s rotation policy. Also Read: Sachin set to reach 200 Test mark at Wankhede
“We want to host Sachin’s 200th Test match at the Wankhede Stadium even though it may not be our turn to do so. We will be sending a formal request to the BCCI to allot the second Test to us,” MCA Joint Secretary Nitin Dalal told PTI on Wednesday. Also Read: Backyard venue for Sachin’s 200
The BCCI has decided to squeeze in this short tour by the West Indies though it’s not in the Future Tours Programme of the International Cricket Council. India was scheduled to tour South Africa around November as per the itinerary drawn up by Cricket South Africa. Also Read: Sachin Tendulkar is not thinking about 200th Test
The Tour,Programmes and Fixtures Committee of the Board will meet soon to draw up the schedule of the tour which is expected to comprise two Tests and three ODIs. PHOTOS: Sachin unveils BMW 1 Series
Tendulkar is two short of completing 200 Test appearances and the short visit by the Caribbean cricketers offers the batting great the ideal opportunity to reach yet another landmark,which is unlikely to be surpassed any time soon,in the 40-year-old Mumbaikar’s illustrious career.
An appearance in his 200th Test at his home ground would be the icing on the cake for the batsman,who has retired from ODIs and T20 Internationals.
West Indies accept India’s invitation
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) accepted India’s invitation for a series in November which would allow senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar to play his milestone 200th Test in front of home fans.
“The West Indies Cricket Board today confirmed that the West Indies team will tour India in November. The tour will include a two Test series and three One Day Internationals. The WICB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India agreed to utilise the mutually available window in November for the tour,” the WICB said in a statement.