Bangalore, Jan 12: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has rejected Sachin Tendulkar's request of moving Mumbai's Ranji Trophy semi-final game from New Delhi to Mumbai, a newspaper report claimed on Saturday.
Tendulkar, who turned up for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Baroda and scored a hundred at Wankhede Stadium, wanted the semi-final against Services to be held in Mumbai. However, BCCI has turned down that request for venue change.
According to Ranji Trophy format, matches are played on home and away basis. Hence, it is Services' turn to host Mumbai on their home turf this time. This year's Ranji Trophy semi-final between Mumbai and Services will be held at Palam cricket ground in New Delhi from January 16 to 20.
"The Times of India" newspaper quoted BCCI sources saying that the Indian cricket board had "politely" rejected Tendulkar's request saying they would have to abide by the rule book.
Last time when Mumbai and Services met, it was the former which hosted the Ranji Trophy game in Mumbai in 1964-65 season. It was also a semi-final game.
Tendulkar will now pad up in the national capital to face Services bowlers.