The BCCI looks to have got itself out of a hole as it has asked Sachin Tendulkar to decide on the venue for his landmark 200th Test match.
The venues for West Indies' short tour of India are expected to be announced later this week after Tendulkar gets back to the BCCI with his decision, NDTV reported.
Though neither Wankhede Stadium nor Eden Gardens can host a Test match during the West Indies tour based on BCCI's rotational policy, both the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) have requested the BCCI to be allowed to stage Tendulkar's 200th Test. According to the rotational policy, Bangalore and Ahmedabad have the right to host the two Test matches against West Indies.
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"The Master Blaster belongs to the whole country. I think Eden Gardens is the most apt venue to host the historic match with the biggest capacity," Biswarup Dey, treasurer, CAB told Hindustan Times after the series was announced.
The Gujarat Cricket Association, however, insisted that the landmark Tendulkar Test match has to be held in Ahmedabad.
"While the final decision will lie with the BCCI's tours and fixtures committee, we will write to the BCCI to stick by the rotation policy. According to which, we should host the second Test. So how can Kolkata and Mumbai demand it," said Rajesh Patel, GCA secretary.
But, the BCCI leaving the decision to Tendulkar, will boost Mumbai's hopes of hosting the landmark match.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly had on Thursday said that Tendulkar should play his 200th at his home ground. "It would be the biggest thing if Tendulkar gets to play the 200th Test in Mumbai purely on emotional grounds. He has all his friends and family members there," Ganguly told PTI.
The West Indies will tour India in October-November to play two Tests and three One-Day Internationals. The tour will start on October 31 and end on November 27. It will also include a three-day warm-up game.
Arjun Tendulkar to make Kanga debut
Meanwhile, Indian Express reported that Tendulkar's son, Arjun Tendulkar, is set to make his Kanga League debut.
The 13-year-old will be playing for Young Parsee Cricket Club in 'G' Division of Kanga League, now called as Summer Vacation Shield.
The restructured Kanga League season will starts this Sunday.