Sachin Tendulkar to play his 200th Test in Mumbai

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Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013, 14:54 [IST]
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Sachin to play 200th Test in Mumbai

Kolkata, Sep 1: Sachin Tendulkar will play his world record 200th Test at his home ground in Mumbai - Wankhede Stadium in November this year.

Tendulkar, who is two matches away from a landmark 200 Tests, has been given a chance by the BCCI to play in front of his home fans.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited West Indies for two Tests and five One Day Internationals in India in the month of November. Kolkata's Eden Gardens and Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai are the likely venues.

"We have sent a proposal to the West Indies Cricket Board in this regard. We are hopeful of working out the modalities for the series," a top BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.

"The BCCI Working Committee has approved a proposed home series against the West Indies in November 2013," the board said in a media release on Sunday after the Working Committee meeting.

The tour will be ahead of Team India's departure to South Africa where they are scheduled to play two Twenty20 Internationals, seven ODIs and three Tests.

According to the tour itinerary, India will play their first game in South Africa on November 21. It will be the first of two T20Is. The Test series starts on December 26 in Durban. Tendulkar was set to win his 200th Test cap in Cape Town on January 2, 2014.

But now BCCI's latest decision will alter India's tour programme in South Africa. The Indian cricket board's Working Committee met in Kolkata today and decided to have a series against West Indies in November.

Tendulkar retired from ODIs last year. The matches against West Indies at home are also seen as farewell series for the Master Blaster.


Story first published:  Sunday, September 1, 2013, 15:35 [IST]
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