Mumbai, Oct 12 (): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed the wish of legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar of playing his landmark 200th and final Test match against the West Indies next month in Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
On Thursday, Tendulkar announced his retirement and it is reliably learned that BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel and president N Srinivasan asked him which ground he would like to have his farewell Test in.
In the retirement statement Tendulkar sent to the BCCI, Tendulkar wrote that he was looking forward to “playing my 200th Test match on home soil, as I call it a day.”
Tendulkar was given a choice between Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai by the BCCI and the cricketer he went with his home ground.
Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, Cricket Club of India’s (CCI) Brabourne Stadium and Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) Wankhede were longing to host the milestone Test, well before Tendulkar announced his retirement.
But Tendulkar has wished to play in Wankhede, where he was famously booed in 2006, while playing against England.
The 40-year-old cricketer has not been in good form in recent times. After a splendid career of 24 years, Sachin informed the BCCI about his decision to quit Test cricket. Already, he has retired from the IPL and the Champions League T20 event after his franchise Mumbai Indians won both the titles this year.
By playing 198 Test, Sachin has yielded 15,837 runs at an average of 53.86. From his 463 ODI matches, he had scored a whopping 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83. He is the only batsman to notch 100 international centuries — 51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs. On April 2, 2011, India had won the World Cup at Wankhede Stadium.
The BCCI’s tours and fixtures committee, led by Rajiv Shukla, will meet on Tuesday to finalise the venues for the series. The first Test will be played from November 6-10 and the second from November 14-18. The series also has three ODIs, on November 21, 24 and 27.