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Tendulkar will play his final match on his home ground
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have confirmed that legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar will play his 200th Test in his hometown of Mumbai.
The announcement comes just a day after Tendulkar revealed that he would be retiring from international cricket after playing his 200th Test, which is set to come against the West Indies next month.
“Tendulkar had expressed the wish yesterday that he wanted to play his 200th match at his home ground,” Mumbai Cricket Association president Ravi Savant said. “And the BCCI today acceded to his request and has decided that the Test will be held at the Wankhede Stadium from November 14-18.”
It is understood that even before Tendulkar announced his retirement plans, Kolkata’s Eden Gardens was awarded the honour of hosting the landmark Test.
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) treasurer Biswarup Dey noted that he would “honour” Tendulkar’s wishes.
“If Sachin has requested it, CAB won’t unnecessarily push for staging the match and honour the legend’s wish,” Dey said.
The BCCI have a Test venue rotation policy whenever teams visit the subcontinent nation.
According to the rotation policy, Ahmedabad and Bangalore were supposed to host the two Test matches.
However given the special occasion, it is highly likely that Mumbai and Kolkata will be allowed to host the matches instead.