Backyard venue for Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test match
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Sachin Tendulkar is set to play his 200th Test at home with the BCCI's working committee approving a proposed two-Test series, likely to be played in Kolkata and Mumbai, against the West Indies in November. The series schedule is also likely to include five One-day Internationals. Also Read: Focus on CLT20, Tendulkar hits the nets
The BCCI working committee that had its emergent meeting in Kolkata on Sunday also gave the green signal to a two-Test and five match ODI series in New Zealand in January-February and a five-Test, five ODIs and a T20 international series in England from July to September.
The itinerary for the tour of South Africa, however, has been put on hold as the working committee decided to finalise it later. Also Read: India retain top-spot in ICC ODI rankings
"We believe that we need to play some more cricket at home after the ODI series against Australia in October. So we have decided to invite West Indies. Tentatively we have decided to play two Tests and five ODIs. There could be some changes though, and the itinerary will be made official next week," BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah said.
Tendulkar, who needs just two more Tests to reach his 200th, has an opportunity to achieve the historic feat at home. Tendulkar was supposed to reach this major landmark in South Africa as India were scheduled to tour away during the second week of November.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) sent an itinerary to the BCCI that had two T20 internationals, three Tests and seven ODIs. But the Indian cricket board has rejected it and now the tour is going to be a truncated one, starting not before mid-December.
"Kolkata and Mumbai are going to be the likely venues (for the Tests against the West Indies). We want the second Test to be played at Eden Gardens," Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) treasurer Biswarup Dey said.