The BCCI’s tour, fixture and programme committee has yet to sit down and finalise the venues for next month’s two-Test series against the West Indies.
It’s not exactly their turn to host a Test match, but the Mumbai Cricket Association is leaving no stone unturned to land the landmark fixture. In fact, the MCA has already written a letter to the BCCI, requesting the parent body to allot it Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test.
The Cricket Club of India, which owns and maintains the Brabourne Stadium, is also hoping to land the fixture (November 14-18).
“Wankhede Stadium will definitely host Tendulkar’s 200th Test,” MCA joint secretary Nitin Dalal said. “In fact, we have requested the BCCI to allot this match to our stadium,” he added.
“We will honour Sachin in a big way. He is our boy and has done so much for the country. Once our elections are over on October 18, we will start preparing for the game and organise it in a grand way,” Dalal added.
The CCI, too, is keen to host the Test. “If we get to host the match, we will organise it in a big way.
It’s Sachin’s prerogative. Ask him where he wants to play his final Test. Anyway, we have requested the BCCI to give us the opportunity to host international matches again and they have agreed. We will be honoured if we are given Sachin’s landmark Test,” said Sanju Kothari, chairman, CCI cricket committee.