Bangalore, Oct 10: Sachin Tendulkar has announced that he will retire from Test cricket after his 200th Test against West Indies next month.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Thursday afternoon that Tendulkar has decided to quit international cricket after his record 200th Test. Tendulkar's 200th Test will be from November 14 (venue yet to be decided).
"Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from Test Cricket. His 200th Test will be his last," said BCCI.
In a statement released by BCCI, Tendulkar said: "All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years."
He said it is hard to imagine life without cricket. "It's hard for me to imagine a life without playing because it's all I have ever done since I was 11 years old."
"I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day," he added.
Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan in November, 1989. Till now, he has played 198 Tests, a record and is also the leading scorer in both ODIs and the five-day format. He has scored 100 international centuries (51 in Tests). In 198 Tests, Tendulkar has scored 15,837 runs at 53.86 average.
On Sunday (October 6), Tendulkar bid adieu to Twenty20 cricket on a high when he won the Champions League trophy with the Mumbai Indians in New Delhi. Tendulkar quit ODIs in December, 2012.