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Eden Gardens is highly likely to be the venue for Tendulkar’s 200th Test
Top sources within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced that legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar will not play his 200th Test match in his hometown of Mumbai, but instead in the city of Kolkata.
There has been growing speculation over whether Mumbai or Kolkata got to host the landmark Test ever since the West Indies confirmed their tour of India, which will consist of two Tests and three ODIs.
The sources added that the BCCI are considering to allow Bangalore to host the first Test, while Kolkata will be the venue for the second Test.
This announcement comes after the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Jagmohan Dalmiya, who is also the interim BCCI chief, requested Tendulkar’s 200th Test to be held in Kolkata instead of Mumbai.
Speaking about the situation, CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey said: “I understand Mumbai is keen to host the match as it could be his last Test at home, but Sachin belongs to the whole of India. We feel Eden Gardens will be the best stadium to host Sachin’s 200th Test. After all, it has the biggest capacity across all venues (about 67,000 seats) in the country and also has an illustrious history.”