Sachin’s swan song at home turf Wankhede

Mumbai :  The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday granted Sachin Tendulkar his wish to play his 200th farewell Test at his home ground of Wankhede Stadium.

Sachin’s swan song at home turf Wankhede

The two-Test series against the West Indies will be Tendulkar’s swan song. The cricketing great will be playing his 199th Test at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata (November 6 to 10) and the farewell Test at the Wan-khede in Mumbai (November 14-18).

For the board’s tours and fixtures committee, headed by BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla, which met here on Tuesday, the decision on the venues was a mere formality.

Gung-ho after getting to host the penultimate Test match of  Sachin Tendulkar’s career, the Cricket Association of Bengal is planning a host of events and invite his family, including his mother, for the November 6-10 Eden Gardens game to make the occasion memorable.

Hours after the BCCI announced that Tendulkar would play his 199th Test match at Eden Gardens, CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya said all efforts would be made to give Tendulkar a fitting adieu at the iconic ground on behalf of his legions of fans in the city.

“We will meet in a couple of days and chalk out the details. We will plan things so as to make it a memorable occasion for Sachin, the people of Kolkata, as also the game of cricket,” he said.

Dalmiya said Eden would have loved to host Tendulkar’s 200th Test match. “But when his mother desired the game be played in Mumbai, we had to support it.”

Expressing happiness at Eden getting to host the match, Sourav Ganguly said, “It is a great feeling. It will enthuse local youngsters who can see him in action for India for the last time”.

“I appeal to the cricket aficionados of Kolkata to fill up Eden. Not a single seat should be empty. We must give Sachin a grand felicitation,” said Ganguly, who shared the Indian dressing room for one and half decades with the Mumbaikar.

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