Will it be Mumbai? Or will it be Kolkata? That’s the big question.
Both associations Mumbai Cricket Association and Cricket Association of Bengal are trying their best to gain the right to host Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test.
The CAB has already shown its interest in the marquee fixture the second India-West Indies Test and has requested president N Srinivasan to allot the match to the Eden Gardens. CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey had, in fact, said on record that Tendulkar belongs to the whole of India, and not just Mumbai.
The MCA, too, isn’t keeping quiet. It has decided to request the Jagmohan Dalmiya-led association to let the Wankhede Stadium Tendulkar’s backyard to do the honours.
Sources in the BCCI say although Mumbai may not stand a chance if one were to go by the BCCI’s rotation policy, it could win the bid purely for emotional reasons. “Of course, Tendulkar’s 200 Test will be played here at the Wankhede. Kolkata could host the first match,” said a senior board official.
MCA president Ravi Savant, too, has expressed his association’s desire to host the Test.
“There is no fight as such. It’s media speculation. We would definitely like to host Tendulkar’s 200th Test. And we will request the CAB (to withdraw its request) and then hope that the BCCI allots us this match. We also plan to organise a grand function to felicitate Tendulkar,” Savant, who is also the BCCI treasurer, said.
Meanwhile, the BCCI’s tours and fixtures committee will soon meet to finalise the itinerary. “We will soon meet and decide. It is likely that Mumbai will get the nod,” said an official.
Tendulkar was expected to play his 200th Test in South Africa. However, the BCCI’s decision to tamper with the ICC’s future tours programme (FTP) and invite the West Indies for a short series instead means Tendulkar will play the landmark fixture on home soil.
No visa power: Faisalabad doubtful for CLT20
Pakistan’s Twenty20 champions Faisalabad Wolves’ participation in the Champions League T20 is in serious doubt. It is understood that their players are yet to get their visa. The existing political tensions between India and Pakistan could jeopardise the Wolves’ chances of playing in the marquee tournament. “Their participation is doubtful, it seems.
They are yet to get the visa,” said a board official.
The official also rubbished reports claiming that Pakistan would tour India if the latter’s tour of South Africa were to be scrapped. “That is not a possibility.
How can you expect that to happen if a Pakistani team is struggling to get their visa for a Twenty20 tournament?” he reasoned. Faisalabad Wolves are supposed to play their first CLT20 match on September 17, against New Zealand’s Otago Volts.