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Last Test venue: Wankhede it is

Wankhede is the ground where it all began for him and he wants to end his career there.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai |
October 12, 2013 4:25:55 am

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to Sachin Tendulkar’s wish of playing his 200th and final Test match in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Tendulkar announced his retirement on Thursday and it is reliably learned that BCCI president N Srinivasan and secretary Sanjay Patel asked him which ground he would like to have his farewell Test in. The BCCI had given Tendulkar a choice between Chennai,Bangalore,Kolkata and Mumbai and he went with his home ground.

“He was given a choice for his last game and he chose Mumbai. And when it came to opting for the ground,he picked the Wankhede Stadium over the CCI. It’s the ground where it all began for him and he wants to end his career there. BCCI has agreed to his wish and will carry forward his message to the tours and fixtures committee,” a BCCI official said.

BCCI secretary Patel told The Indian Express that the board’s tours and fixtures committee meeting will take place soon. However,when asked whether Tendulkar had asked for Mumbai to host his last game,he said he was unaware of it.

“We will be calling the tours and fixtures committee meeting soon and we will go through the proper channels to pick venues for the two Test matches against the West Indies. We have received requests from various associations but the fixtures committee will decide whom to allot the two Test matches to,” Patel said.

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The BCCI has a rotation policy to allot Tests to host associations. In this instance,the board might have to bend the rules. However,in the retirement statement Tendulkar sent to the BCCI on Thursday,he wrote that he was looking forward to “playing my 200th Test match on home soil,as I call it a day.”

Apart from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA),Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) had written a letter to the BCCI requesting to host Tendulkar’s 200th Test match. Patel said,“We have received requests from many associations but the committee will take its final call soon.”

MCA joint secretary PV Shetty said that since it would be Tendulkar last game,he was hopeful of BCCI allotting the Test to Wankhede Stadium. “We have requested the BCCI and our president Ravi Savant too has spoken about the desire to hosting Tendulkar’s 200th Test. We are hopeful that BCCI will reward us his last game so that his home crowd will see him one last time at the Wankhede. It’s the place where Tendulkar began his career and I am sure many of us will like to see it end here too,” Shetty said.

Yuvraj dedicates knock to Sachin

Rajkot: Despite smashing a match-winning unbeaten 77 against Australia in his comeback match on Thursday,Yuvraj Singh said he had mixed feelings as the knock coincided with Sachin Tendulkar deciding to retire from cricket.

An emotional Yuvraj,who guided India to a six-wicket win over Australia here,dedicated his unbeaten innings to Tendulkar. “Well I don’t know if I am happy or sad. Happy that I hit the ball and sad day that Sachin is retiring,” Yuvraj said at the post-match press conference. “I would like to dedicate it to Sachin and hopefully,maybe tell him on the phone as well. That is the least I can do,dedicate this knock to him,” he said.

The 31-year-old batsman,who last played an international match in January,was recalled to the national team after a string of fine performances for India A against West Indies A and a solid display for India Blue in the NKP Salve Challenger Series. “Yuvi is back my friend,” he told the media.

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