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Tendulkar could play his 200th Test if the series goes ahead
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced that they are planning to host the West Indies for a Test series in November, which will give veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar the chance to play his 200th Test match before India travel to South Africa at the end of the year.
Tendulkar, who has currently played 198 Tests, will become the first cricketer in the history of the game to accomplish the feat of playing in 200 Tests and this could lead to him announcing his retirement at the end of the series.
The proposed Test series against the West Indies will comprise of at least two matches, which are likely to be played in Kolkata and Mumbai, which sets up Tendulkar for a fairytale-like end to his 24-year international career as he could possibly play his last Test on his home ground.
Tendulkar’s participation in the South Africa tour was initially in doubt after he underwent surgery on his left hand, which he injured while representing the Mumbai Indians against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
However, it seems all is well for the ‘Little Master’ as he is currently representing the Indians in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20).
Tendulkar will also want to retire on a high as he has not been able to register a Test century since scoring a magnificent 146 against South Africa in Cape Town in January 2011.
Since then, the closest he has come to scoring a Test century was against the West Indies in November 2011, where he managed to fight his way to 96 before being caught in the slips.
The BCCI revealed that they have received an email from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) about their interest in the series.
According to a BCCI official, “the tour could see either two Tests and three ODIs, or three Tests”.
Another BCCI source revealed that the board were worried about a possible plunge in revenue since the national team were not scheduled to play at home for the rest of the year after their limited overs series against Australia next month.
“That would have meant lesser gross revenue, and profits as a result, than the last year’s,” the source said. “And it is something that none of the stakeholders in Indian cricket would want.”