West Indies in India 2013-14 October 15, 2013

Kolkata, Mumbai get West Indies Tests


Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will host India's two Tests against West Indies in November, which will mark the end of Sachin Tendulkar's 24-year career. While Eden Gardens will host the first Test from November 6 to 10, Tendulkar's farewell Test will be played at his home ground from November 14 to 18. The decision was taken during the BCCI's tour programme and fixtures committee meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday.

While the first two ODIs of the tour will be played at Kochi (November 21) and Visakhapatnam (November 24), either Baroda or Kanpur will stage the last match of the series on November 27. Barabati Stadium in Cuttack will host the visitors' preparations prior to the series, including a three-day game to be played from October 31 to November 2.

Once Tendulkar had requested the BCCI to play his last competitive game at his home ground, the decision with regard to his farewell Test - also his 200th - was a mere formality at the meeting of the committee headed by BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla. As a result, the Cricket Association of Bengal, which had been promised Tendulkar's 200th before he announced his decision to retire after the Test, was awarded with Tendulkar's penultimate Test.

The series against West Indies wasn't scheduled on the FTP. When it was announced in September, it raised doubts over the schedule and duration India's tour to South Africa, and whether the series would be Tendulkar's last. Tendulkar confirmed that it would indeed be his farewell series last week.

As for the doubt over the venue for the third ODI, the Baroda Cricket Association, the home turf of BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, was allotted the match as per the BCCI's rotation policy. If the Reliance ground, which usually stages all the ODIs in Vadodara but does not belong to the association, is available, then the match will not be shifted to Kanpur, the home of Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association that Shukla is in charge of.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    ODIs-he is the best. Tests-He is one of the best.

  • Gokul on October 16, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    OMG I would've loved to see him in Chennai his home ground :) Chennai loves Tendulkar.

  • Jayaprakash on October 16, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Well, it looks like cricket world is divided between Sachin Lovers and Sachin Haters, which ever side we are, it is an absolute truth that he has been one of the greatest cricketers ever to have played. So lets show him some respect. By the way I dont understand the flak BCCI receiving for Mumbai Test match, if Sachin indeed requested it, so be it, thats the least BCCI can do for little master.

  • Sathish on October 16, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    @zxaar Did you see today's match, mate? This is how a target has to be chased with batsmen complementing each other's efforts. Dhawan and Kohli both gave words of confidence to Rohit. A target of 360 looked so simple. Hope you would remember the match where India chased a similar score 3 years back. Sachin scored 175 and India still lost by 3 runs. Partnerships matter a lot ! Teamwork matters a lot ! And most importantly winning matters a lot !!

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    @India_boy - Australia Chennai 155*, Australia Chennai 2001 - 126, Australia 2010 Bangalore - 214 & 53* , Australia Mumbai 2004 - 55 , Australia 2008 - 109, England Chennai 2008 - 103* , West Indies 2011 Delhi - 76, Engalnd 2007 - 82, west indies Trinidad 2002 - 126, etc etc etc.... These are just a few examples of some innings where india won thanks to his contribution mainly.....there are so many other....and yes then there are some special knocks in loosing causes where he single handedly faught for india, unfortunately there was no support for him from the other end....btw in the mohali test sachin had scores of 98 & 38...

  • Shruti on October 16, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    SRT became a lesser player by a notch once Sehwag,Dravid,Laxman and Ganguly started blooming since 2000.SRT was at his devastating best when the entire team relied on him in 1990s especially late 1990s.Younger guys started making a mark viz Yuvraj,Harbhajan,Zaheer and bit later on Dhoni only to see the maestro slipping back slowly but surely.Of course,his exploits were sufficient if not regular to keep him in the team always but lets face it ,his consistency had deserted him and frequent squatting after being castled to show that ball was very low could not hide the reality that reflexes had slowed down.SRT would be more remembered for his longevity in international cricket than ability to win matches for his nation.He also went the Kapil Dev ,Azharuddin way of retiring with public grumbling why not instead of why.Only Gavaskar is the Indian great who timed his retirement to perfection.Be that as it may,let us not begrudge the maestro any thing and wish him luck for his swan song.

  • venu on October 16, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    @ bigdhonifan: Chill dude. I do remember Sachin most of the decisions went against Sachin.

    @To all Sachin fans: I'm picking this from "3 Idiots". Ignore kar(anti-sachin fans).

    One innings defines Sachin and India - First match against pakistan on home soild after 13years scoring 136 and the rest couldn't make those last 16 runs.. If you are an Indian you'll know how much that match meant for the whole of India.

  • arjun on October 16, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    @India_boy check the man of the matches if you can no remember 2 matches that Tendulkar won. Tendulkar has almost double of them compared to Dravid and Laxman. Try again.

  • Mohit on October 16, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @zxaar.....mate you are wrong....laxman and dravid are laxman and dravid, but Tendu can never be either laxman or dravid. Laxman and ravid have won many matches, many many many of them and most importantly outisde the subcontinent. tendu has played some good inns. but that's about it, it's hard to remember 2 matches that Tendu won , unlike dravid or vvs. The 2002 series, and the recent mohali match are 2 prime egs. of vvs mastery while with dravid picture becomes all the more pleasant. SRT....in the last 10 years, no real contrib. in tests buddy, apart from 103* against Eng in 2008.

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    So everything works out fine for the 'little master'. The much awaited SA series is in doubt, two home tests were shoehorned in at the 11th hour, the first test is at the greatest cricket ground in the world, and the second is at his home ground. Oh and the tests are being played against probably the weakest test team apart from Ban and Zim. As always the master is more important than cricket. He is a great, great batsman. But seriously, this is just a black mark on his record.