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Will Wankhede host Tendulkar's 200th Test?

September 01, 2013 19:30 IST

Speculations are rife that Sachin Tendulkar could get a chance to play the historic 200th Test match of his career in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai later this year, but Mumbai Cricket Association officials are not yet rejoicing.

Sachin Tendulkar

"It will be decided as per the rotation policy of the Board (BCCI). There's no guarantee we will get the match," MCA President Ravi Savant said.

The BCCI Working Committee met in Kolkata on Sunday and approved the proposal for hosting the West Indies at home in November for a couple of Tests and five-match ODI series, which is not in the original Future Tours Programme (FTP) of the ICC as India was scheduled to tour South Africa.

One of the two Test matches, probably the second -- as that would coincide with the 200th appearance in the longest format of the game -- is widely expected now to be held at Tendulkar's home ground in Mumbai.

Wankhede had last hosted a Test match in November last against England, the second game after Ahmedabad's Motera ground, while the last two matches were held in Kolkata and Nagpur.

In the subsequent home series against Australia, the four Tests were held at Chennai, Hyderabad, Mohali and Delhi in February-March this year.

Savant, who is also the treasurer of BCCI and attended the Working Committee meeting, added that the proposal to host the Caribbeans has been approved by the board members, but confirmation was awaited from the West Indies Cricket Board.

"The proposal to host West Indies has been approved but confirmation from the West Indies Board is awaited," he said.

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