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HindustanTimes Thu,10 Jul 2014

Cricket

Panel ready to give Wankhede Sachin’s 200th Test match
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, October 15, 2013
First Published: 01:11 IST(15/10/2013)
Last Updated: 10:15 IST(15/10/2013)
Tendulkar announced on Thursday that he will retire from the Tests following his 200th test match. (PTI Photo)

When the BCCI tours and fixtures committee meets on Tuesday, it is likely to confirm Wankhede Stadium, as the venue for Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test, which will be the second Test against the West Indies.

The committee will also decide the venues for the first Test and the three ODIs against the Windies.

With the Wankhede only awaiting an official stamp, the focus has shifted to the first and Tendulkar’s 199th Test. It is learnt that the Eden Gardens and the Ferozshah Kotla are the top contenders to bag the Test.

“Kolkata stands a good chance of getting the first Test. At the same time, with a lot of big political personalities keen on watching Sachin play one last time, Delhi could host Sachin’s 199th Test,” a committee member told HT.

Bangalore and Ahmedabad are the two other venues vying for the first and second Test against the Caribbean. The first Test is slated to commence on Nov 6, while the second will be from Nov 14. The visitors play the ODIs on Nov 21, 24 and 27, respectively. Bangalore is likely to lose out on two counts. Not only will the Chinnaswamy stadium play host to the Australians for the seventh ODI, on November 2, the Karnataka State Cricket Association might not be too keen considering they are likely to host their elections around that time.

HT has learnt that Ahmedabad will be compensated for missing out on Tendulkar’s farewell game by hosting one of the ODIs. The other two venues for the ODIs will be decided on Tuesday.

Initially, there was a lot of curiosity over which venue would eventually bag the hosting rights for Sachin’s milestone game, but they were dispelled on Friday, after a reported request from the master himself.

“The decision was taken after Tendulkar made a request to the BCCI to keep his 200th Test at Wankhede,” confirmed Mumbai Cricket Association president and BCCI vice-president Ravi Savant.


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