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“Kolkata and Mumbai are the strong contenders”
Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajiv Shukla has revealed that the “BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] has not yet decided which city will host Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test”.
According to Shukla, Kolkata and Tendulkar’s home town of Mumbai remain the two strongest contenders to host the historic Test match, which will come when the West Indies visit next month.
“BCCI has not yet decided which city will host Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test,” Shukla said. “Many state associations have shown interest in hosting the much-hyped match but BCCI is yet to arrive at a decision. Every association wants that Sachin achieves the historic feat at its stadium.
“Kolkata and Mumbai are the strong contenders. Eden Gardens has a sitting capacity of one lakh, while in Mumbai we have around 65,000.”
When asked if Kanpur had any chance of hosting the landmark Test, Shukla said: “Kanpur’s Green Park stadium has a small sitting capacity (30,000) and it is unlikely to host the 200th Test.”
However, Shukla stated that Kanpur may be chosen to host one of the three ODIs that India play against the West Indies next month.