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India-WI Tests planned for November

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The BCCI has planned a Test series at home in November against West Indies, ahead of the scheduled South Africa tour, thus giving Sachin Tendulkar the opportunity to play his landmark 200th Test at home; he will perhaps bid farewell to the game at the end of the Test series.

Tendulkar, who is two Tests short of becoming the first cricketer to feature in 200 Tests, was expected to put an end to his 24-year sojourn at the highest level at the end of the South Africa Test series. The Tests series against West Indies, which will comprise at least two Tests likely to be played in Kolkata and Mumbai in November, offers him a perfect stage to sign off in his hometown.

Following the injury to his left hand while playing for Mumbai Indians against Sunrisers Hyderabad in a league match during IPL 2013, which effectively advanced his IPL retirement, doubts had arisen over the 40-year-old's participation in the South Africa tour. However, after undergoing a surgery on his injured hand, Tendulkar has been included in the Mumbai Indians' squad for the Champions League Twenty20.

Besides achieving the 200-Test landmark, Tendulkar would also be keen to sign off on a high. The veteran batsman has not been able to score a century in his last 38 Test innings, since his memorable knock of 146 in Cape Town in January 2011. The closest he came to a three figures in Tests since then was against West Indies in November 2011, when he edged one to slips six runs short of what would have been his 100th international hundred at the Wankhede Stadium, his home ground.

The BCCI claimed to have received an email from the West Indies Cricket Board confirming its interest in the series, and accordingly placed the proposal before the working committee. The plan for the West Indies series was announced after the BCCI's working committee meeting on Sunday. Though the BCCI did not specify the number of matches that will be played, ESPNcricinfo understands that the WICB have been offered two options. "The tour could see either two Tests and three ODIs, or three Tests," a BCCI official said.

As important as the series is from the Tendulkar angle, the BCCI was also concerned about a possible dip in its revenues for the current financial year since, after the limited-overs series against Australia in October, India weren't scheduled to play at home for the rest of the financial year. "That would have meant lesser gross revenue, and profits as a result, than the last year's," an insider said. "And it is something that none of the stakeholders in Indian cricket would want."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY CricketFanIndUS on | September 1, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    It is great that there are two tests added to the schedule and that too right before the overseas tours. Right time for our team to find their test cricket form. Did the board plan this series just for Tendulkar? I do not think so. In my personal opinion Tendulkar is perhaps the greatest cricketer ever. He has inspired Indian cricket like no other player had before for any country, perhaps. Will playing 200 tests add anything more to his greatness? Hardly anything imo. I just do not get this obsession of the number of 200 tests vs 198. To me they are both just as important and virtually no different. Why are Ganguly and other greats of Indian cricket talking about Tendulkar's 200 tests? It will be nice to see Indian cricket stalwarts focus on more important topics like developing great pace bowlers and improving overseas success in test cricket. That said, it will be good to see Tendulkar retiring at his home ground, if indeed he has decided to.

  • POSTED BY QTS_ on | September 5, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Does Tendulkar even want this additional Test series?

  • POSTED BY raf1 on | September 4, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    I think it has more to do with finances than anything cricket related as people are speculating. BCCI does not care about getting the Indian cricket team in test match mode nor do they care about giving a send off for Sachin Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | September 3, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    cant wait to see him bowled for a duck in his 200th test.Roach will skin him alive but something tells me he will be allowed more chances than anyone else.The irony would be if he got sawn off cheaply and could not refer to DRS.time the flat track bully retired as he has done nothing for world cricket except pad his stats out.

  • POSTED BY m812 on | September 3, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    @Awais Sohrab : Looks like Tendulkars inning in Worldcups 2003 and 2011 to kick out your team still gives you nightmare's. Try Advil...its good for headache relief ;)

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Extended home season is always welcome, especially for those who love watching live matches at stadiums. this tour of WI which many r upset abt is bcos it is eating into india tour of SA. Well the other aspect is it allows indian team management to blood younsters at home b4 embarking on a long season of back 2 back away tours. And as for sachin is concerned, it would be perfect setting for him to score & retire on high, not that he cant score abroad. he's got nothing to prove. But if does retire, it will allow a youngster[read rohit sharma] to play an extra tour abroad given v visit SA once in 4 yrs. I think its win-win situation for young indian batsmen looking 2 break into test side.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Three tests with a warm up 3 day game please. Lets have odd number series from now on ICC and Boards no moe 2 tests series

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    if west indies are fully up for this series...then we could do something here. espeically if the indians take it lightly. we have similar tools compared to england. we just need the consistency

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | September 3, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    @Awais Sohrab. You seems to be eagerly waiting to criticize Sachin even if he doesn't announced his retirement!

  • POSTED BY ramli on | September 3, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    A real chance for WI to avenge their close loss to India last time in India ... A good setting for India to practice for SA test series ... good luck to India and WI

  • POSTED BY CricketFanIndUS on | September 1, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    It is great that there are two tests added to the schedule and that too right before the overseas tours. Right time for our team to find their test cricket form. Did the board plan this series just for Tendulkar? I do not think so. In my personal opinion Tendulkar is perhaps the greatest cricketer ever. He has inspired Indian cricket like no other player had before for any country, perhaps. Will playing 200 tests add anything more to his greatness? Hardly anything imo. I just do not get this obsession of the number of 200 tests vs 198. To me they are both just as important and virtually no different. Why are Ganguly and other greats of Indian cricket talking about Tendulkar's 200 tests? It will be nice to see Indian cricket stalwarts focus on more important topics like developing great pace bowlers and improving overseas success in test cricket. That said, it will be good to see Tendulkar retiring at his home ground, if indeed he has decided to.

  • POSTED BY QTS_ on | September 5, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Does Tendulkar even want this additional Test series?

  • POSTED BY raf1 on | September 4, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    I think it has more to do with finances than anything cricket related as people are speculating. BCCI does not care about getting the Indian cricket team in test match mode nor do they care about giving a send off for Sachin Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | September 3, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    cant wait to see him bowled for a duck in his 200th test.Roach will skin him alive but something tells me he will be allowed more chances than anyone else.The irony would be if he got sawn off cheaply and could not refer to DRS.time the flat track bully retired as he has done nothing for world cricket except pad his stats out.

  • POSTED BY m812 on | September 3, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    @Awais Sohrab : Looks like Tendulkars inning in Worldcups 2003 and 2011 to kick out your team still gives you nightmare's. Try Advil...its good for headache relief ;)

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Extended home season is always welcome, especially for those who love watching live matches at stadiums. this tour of WI which many r upset abt is bcos it is eating into india tour of SA. Well the other aspect is it allows indian team management to blood younsters at home b4 embarking on a long season of back 2 back away tours. And as for sachin is concerned, it would be perfect setting for him to score & retire on high, not that he cant score abroad. he's got nothing to prove. But if does retire, it will allow a youngster[read rohit sharma] to play an extra tour abroad given v visit SA once in 4 yrs. I think its win-win situation for young indian batsmen looking 2 break into test side.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Three tests with a warm up 3 day game please. Lets have odd number series from now on ICC and Boards no moe 2 tests series

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    if west indies are fully up for this series...then we could do something here. espeically if the indians take it lightly. we have similar tools compared to england. we just need the consistency

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | September 3, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    @Awais Sohrab. You seems to be eagerly waiting to criticize Sachin even if he doesn't announced his retirement!

  • POSTED BY ramli on | September 3, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    A real chance for WI to avenge their close loss to India last time in India ... A good setting for India to practice for SA test series ... good luck to India and WI

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    West Indies is the new Sri Lanka for India... If there is no series for 2months BCCI will invite them

  • POSTED BY Kl.ert_ty on | September 3, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Why sachin wants everything to be done in wankhede.He was happy when he won the world cup but happier because he got the cup in wankhede. He was overexcited when he won IPL in wankhede, just because he is from mumbai. And now he wanted to retire in 200th test match in wankhede Only. For such a big name, whom people consider as a GOD should be so regional. he could have played in South Africa and retire, but to retire in wankhede he scheduled a series in mumbai.This is the only thing about sachin I dont admire. Be Indian not wankhedian. Beside all these, Respect to the God of cricket from a true lover of cricket

  • POSTED BY Madhav_Karajagikar on | September 3, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    The West Indies tour of India does not make any sense unless the tour is planned for Sachin's felicitation on his home ground. But again its like saying sachin is bigger than cricket. Anyways, the West Indies tour of India should be a good oppurtunity for India to test the Youngsters. I would like to see the Main india team (sans Sachin) to be in South Africa for tour matches. This will be a good prep for SA tour. India team for WI tour - Gambhir - Sehwag - Rahane - Sachin - Yuvraj Singh - Rohit Sharma - Dinesh Karthik - Amit Mishra - Harbhajan Singh - Shami Ahmed - Zaheer Khan... 12th Man Unmukt Chand. The likes of MS Dhoni - Virat kohli - Bhuvi -Ashwin - Umesh - Ishant - Vijay - Shikhar Dhawan should be in SA playing the Practice matches. This way we plan for away tour and also provide oppurtunity to the discarded players to get back form.

  • POSTED BY joe_antony on | September 3, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Whats wrong with BCCI? they should have invited Bangladesh or Zimbabwe so that Sachin could have hit couple more 100s before signing off. Having the quality pace attack of WI, its now up to the openers (Dhawan, Pujara, Vijay, Rohit ? ) haul over the new ball attack for longer period and help Tendulkar not facing the wrath of the new ball.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    So now INDIVIDUAL will be much important than the game ? Seriously, we are doomed. I know Sachin holds a God Position for Indian Fans, but I have a request to Indian Fans to stop BCCI in turning CRICKET to something where we lose charm.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    I think it is meaningless to schedule a tour for one cricketer. Then why did not the BCCI do the same to the other legends VVS & RD. I think the 200th test in SA would have put more weightage to tendulkar then the home test. If he had played brilliantly and won the match for India in SA it would have shown the greatness of the man than his 100 against WI in India. It is very unfair for BCCI for showing this double standards against players.

  • POSTED BY Aristotle01 on | September 3, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    @ Navaneetha Krishnan Vasudevan Mate, im sorry but you are talking compelte dross. Sachin not a great test player? Dravid and kumble better? Are you for real? Seriously? I am an Aussie and trust me the respect Sachin commands here is universal mate. His record outside India is far far better than Dravid, he was the most thrilling batsman of this generation along with Brian Lara in second place. You must be the only person in the world to not think of Sachin as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. You lack common sense I'm afraid and your personal favorites are far superceding your sound judgment. Be real mate, Sachin is an absolute legend, far far better than Dravid and Kumble. The best batsman of his time an the best I have seen with Viv Richards and Sobers. No contemporary player or comemntator or ex cricketer will ever rate dravid or kumble above Sachin. Its always Sachin Warne Lara together. Did he refuse you an autograph or something? Cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | September 3, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    I am a big Sachin fan but his time has come. Time for youth to come through, there are plenty of great batsmen. India desperately need express quicks.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 2, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    it's a great great news for us cricket lovers here in India to bid farewell to the god of the game(debatable)!it's also very exciting that he will be playinghis penultimate match(supposedly) at the Eden gardens Kolkata,one of the most cricket crazy and cricket literate cities of the country!!who can forget the 1998_99 test against Pakistan where the match was haunted by crowd protests when tendulkar was given run out after shoaib akhtar obstructed(not intentionally) while he was completing a run!!I was there at the stands,and it gives me goosebumps to think about the ovation that the little master will get when he walks out to bat for the last time from the bc roy club house of the eden,a cricket ground where every cricketer wants to play at least once in his career after lords!I regret that the same kind of farewell was not arranged for saurav ganguly or for dravid or laxman!!nevertheless it would be a big thing for us cricket fans in Kolkata to bid the magician a great goodbye!

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | September 2, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    I am glad the BCCI has organised these home tests,such an event is probably never going to happen ever again & every country would love this 200th test to be played in their country.Why allow South Africa to be the place for this event,why not have it in Mumbai?The BCCI loves money & this sort of event can generate enormous amounts of it.Whether Sachin Tendulkar performs well,noone knows.As great as Tendulkar is & has been,he is now heading towards 41 & cricket against anyone at that age is tough!

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Dont go by emotions. There is no need to squeeze in and arrange a 200th test for Sachin. He will complete that if he goes to SA anyway and India still need him away from home. Windies are a much improved side now though with spinners like Narine and batsmen like Samuels and Bravo. Still ill be surprised if they win anything. I agree with many here. India are trying to sneak out of SA tour so they dont get torn apart by their fast bowlers and lose. It doesnt make sense as they just finished their A tour of SA so they should be better able to identify players for the tour. Sachin or not!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 2, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    why did they choose west Indies?Bangladesh or Zimbabwe would have been better...he can mail the bowling and get ready hundred and thus hang his boots on high...from mmHg childhood I've been a big follower of sachin and I assure he would value a good fifty against south Africa in south Africa than a double hundred against the Windies in India..shame on bcci...you guys invite England's cricket team again...

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | September 2, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    After the recent progress India has made in the shorter format of the game, it's a great shame the BCCI is taking a step backwards to to accommodate Sachin's 200th test. I was one of Sachin's biggest fan when he was at his peak; in the camp of 'it doesn't matter whether we lose as long as we see Sachin bat' or 'let the first 2 wickets fall quickly so Sachin can come' . He may not have won as many games as Brian Lara or had the swagger of Sir Viv Richards but for me he was the complete batsman who has as aesthetically pleasing to watch as he was a run-machine. I get that he carried the nation's hope at a time when Indian cricket was at one it's lowest points. And all Indian cricket supporters should be grateful for Sachin and what he done on the field of dreams and we may never see his like again but selection has to be on the basis of form and fitness and not sentiment. Sachin has enough records and the Indian cricket schedule should not be arranged so that he can achieve one more.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    A three match test series is good in SA. And 5 ODI. T20's and one practice match should be cut. SA series starting Dec first week is comfortable for Indian players. WI series can easily finish before Nov 25th. I think WI series is 2 test and 3 ODI's.

  • POSTED BY roook on | September 2, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Why BCCI is trying to aviod SA tour this is the chance to proof to be no 1

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    I would be interested to see how West Indies bowlers plan against Tendulkar. Although the 'master-blaster' has lived through pressure throughout his career, these may be among the toughest times he may face, for Rampaul, Roach and Edwards, Narine and Shillingford won't let up.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    simply great.....love u Sachin...

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Please do not play meaningless one-dayers. Let is keep 3 test matches atleast. 2 is very less. Personally my favorite Indian test cricketers were Dravid and Kumble. Sachin was never a great test player. Dravid was certainly a better batsman. Statistics always do not give the correct picture. Sachin is a impeccable human being who handled fame well. That is the best point I see in him. But I certainly feel that he should have retired long before. Opponents see a cheap wicket every time Sachin walks to crease and the opponent bowlers fight among themselves to get a bowl when they see Sachin at crease.Everyone relishes an easy wicket. Don't they ??

  • POSTED BY ramli on | September 2, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    A 3-test tour of SA is more than enough ... home tests are welcome ... at least we stand a good chance of winning!!! That too against WI ... doubly sure of not losing the series ... I think nobody is asking SRT to retire ... it is just time that he does ... and his last test in Mumbai will be very fitting farewell

  • POSTED BY zxaar on | September 2, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    @SamRoy ". As a cricketer of course I have seen better ones in the last 20 years" -------------------------- Probably you are watching different cricket than we are watching. Open your eyes and watch some real cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Sachin shouldn't be forced to retire at least until the Aus tour (2014-15) which ends just before 2015 world cup. He is very much required when India tours SA (if the series happens) and definitely a must in England so that India doesn't have to repeat a last time's fate. BCCI can also having him to continue to stay in Aus after that tour during the world cup as a mentor to the team which would definitely help the youngsters to defend the world cup.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | September 2, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    @Biggest_Cricket_Fan. and the opponent will spill the chances given by him because he is a legend!

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | September 2, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    My Goodness!!I really had to pinch myself to make sure this is for real.What on earth is happening here.We wanted our next generation players to be tested on SA soil and one would think BCCI's thoughts and action would have THAT as priority.Especially considering IndA drew the series against SA last week(many players in 'A' side are expected to feature for India).Instead BCCI is hell bent on arranging '200th' test match for Sachin about which none and i repeat NONE cares outside India.A player who has been in wpeful form and has been instrumental in India's current 0-8 record in overseas tests is 'given'(?)2 tests to create another bogus record.BCCI are you for real?.What you are going to do is market this 2 test 'series' against WI as 200th/last series of sachin and ensure maximum revenue from TV rights.that is what you want and you are least concerned if India get trounced in SA(imagine any bowler getting injured against WI.)Dravid_Gravitas wher are you..please publish...

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    It would be more better if Sachin play the last of his series against Bangladesh as neither the champion batsman or his country has yet played any test against the neighbour since Bangladesh's achievement as Test Status way back in year 2000.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    One should know who are these Stake Holders being mentioned here ," And it is something that none of the stakeholders in Indian cricket would want.", can you throw some light on this please.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | September 2, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is a brand name. Often I have felt his biggest contribution to Indian Cricket has been to make it popular. He is India's biggest superstar make no mistake about that. The Cable TV, the modernization of Indian Television and Tendulkar all came at the same time. As a cricketer of course I have seen better ones in the last 20 years in Lara, Warne, Gilchrist and Kallis. Also he hasn't won test matches for India, at least not that many. Kumble, Laxman, Dravid, Sehwag and Zaheer have won India a lot more tests though I still think Tendulkar is India's best test cricketer after Kapil. In ODI's, MS Dhoni is definitely better than him. As a cricketer he is not bigger than the game definitely. But as a superstar he is a lot bigger than the game. Without Tendulkar, BCCI won't be milking tv money and frankly would not have become so rich. It is the truth and BCCI will do anything to grant his request. Personally I don't see anything wrong with that decision.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | September 2, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    this is absolutely ridiculous. Sachin has averaged just 31 with in last 2 years without a century.Why this favoritism?This is test cricket. You got to pick your best batsmen in your team. And to be honest i don't think he is one of the best 6 or 7 batsmen in our country anymore.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 2, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    I love one day cricket but still come on, reduce 2 odi's from the SA tour and play an extra test in New Zealand, i don't want us to reduce the odi's in Newzealand since the world cup will also be played there!!

  • POSTED BY Mail4kar on | September 2, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Oh God...!! They're putting immense presuure on him for sure.. Let him play with free mind.. If he plays in South africa, it won't be that much pressure on him on his 200th test.. Anyway BCCI keen on history to be made in india with HIGH PROFIT margin for them.. Hope the best will happen..:-)))

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    Hope its 3 tests. No need for the ODI's

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    This is what BCCI should have done:

    Finish the Aussi series on Nov 2. Than on Nov 21 invite South Africa to play 3 Test match series in India. In addition to 3 Test match series, have 2 T20 matches played. This series should wrap up around end of December. Than they should go to South Africa and play their the ODI's and T20 and even Test match. This might not work out to South Africa, but I know BCCI, they always workout solution by (.........).

    This way they can deal with Sachin crossing the 200 Test match mark and get a series played in India so they can make revenue for the BCCI fiscal year.

    Than they can go and play New Zeland, Asia Cup, IPL and England. Works out perfect.

  • POSTED BY Biggest_Cricket_Fan on | September 1, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Next thing BCCI shall do as to help Sachin to end on high note (ie. century)is to play this match at Shivaji park and let him play as long as he does not score 100. BCCI has already taken DRS out of the game at least for bilateral series, they should take out all 10 ways of getting out for Sachin , because he is legend.

  • POSTED BY kirands on | September 1, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Absolutely nothing wrong in holding the 2nd Test against the West Indies in Mumbai. The BCCI is not saying they are doing it for sake of Sachin Tendulkar, but even if it is obvious, what's the problem ? For whatever Tendulkar has done over the last 25 years he deserves every bit of it and much more. If I were the Chairman of the BCCI I would do exactly the same thing i.e. schedule the 2nd Test in Tendulkar's hometown Mumbai. I would even urge the entire city of Mumbai to turn up for the match and cheer for Tendulkar. Imagine playing your 200th Test in your hometown in front of 100,000 spectators, what a lovely feeling !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY coldcoffee123 on | September 1, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    I have a genuine question: Instead of WI, why not simply invite SA to play India, in India ?????? Then after Tendulkar's 200th Test, India and SA can continue the rest of the series in SA. Something very very strange is going on.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    The financial clout of the BCCI is evident, and they can make anyone tour India as and when they desire. I hope we play 3 tests instead of 2 as 2 tests is quite meaningless. In a way its better for the lil master ,that he would have achieved the milestone of 200 tests, as he would go to South Africa in a better frame of mind. India does need his experience in SA as its the toughest tour in the world. We dont have a proper replacement for the great man as of now. So in hindsight its a good decision, but i still hope we play 3 tests and no ODI's

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | September 1, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    @Jaydip Kaneria: I think you are overreacting. Sachin deserves this treatment. He's a LEGEND. The BCCI are not doing this for MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli. They are doing this to honour a man who has served Indian cricket for more than 20 years. He deserves to play his 200th test at home and that too in front of his beloved Mumbai crowd.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Waiting for seeing the master one last time in tests at home. All the best Sachin.

  • POSTED BY cricket_lover_indian on | September 1, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Its sad to see how fans are ridiculing Sachin Tendulkar. The proposed WI tour has more to do with BCCI's issues with CSA than Sachin's 200th test.

    And what is wrong with Sachin getting to play his 200th test on his home ground? Its a small tribute to the legend who has done great things for Indian cricket.

    We should just enjoy him play keeping all the issues of records, age, country etc aside, because we might not get too many chances to see the Little Master conjure his magic again in the future.

    Tendulkar, the cricketer who touched and inspired an entire generation, the nation will for ever be greatful.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 1, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Approving 5 test and 5 odi and t20 is OK for England tour,. While disapproving 4 test 7 odi 2 t20 for tour to south Africa. Don't see a difference other than just playing 2 odi more. Playing 2 odi more is better than not playing. Players and fans would enjoy.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 1, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    If India is trying to put a series just for Sachin, than they are stupid. Sachin will retire when he wants not when someone says too. You are risking his future with the tour to south Africa. Tour to south Africa will be better tour for both countries since long time.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    So this is how the cricket world really goes? Sachin could have had his 200th Test during the series vs Australia but instead he, Sehwag, and Zaheer chose to play hit & giggle IPL and miss the tour of West Indies back in June 2011. They then proceeded to underperform in England while Dravid who toured prospered. WICB should have remembered that insult & said no. After all we went 2 India last time, it should be their turn to tour. Not our fault BCCI agreed to tour SA back to back they should have tried to get CSA to tour India. I was looking forward to going to Sabina Park but with no Sachin, Zaheer Sehwag or Gayle i lost interest. I am sure i was not the only 1 in the region hoping to see Sachin on what wood have been his last Windies tour. Just as he denied the Windies fans back then so should WICB have denied the Indian fans but we dont have the cash or backbone to do that.

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | September 1, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    no brainer - make it 3 tests instead of 2 and some context-less ODIs.

  • POSTED BY nuekboi on | September 1, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    So not only could Pakistan not play their tests against West Indies thanks to India but now they themselves also get more tests so they could send off a guy who is way past his expiry date

  • POSTED BY nuekboi on | September 1, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    So not only could Pakistan not play their tests against West Indies thanks to India but now they themselves also get more tests so they could send off a guy who is way past his expiry date

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | September 1, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    no brainer - make it 3 tests instead of 2 and some context-less ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    So this is how the cricket world really goes? Sachin could have had his 200th Test during the series vs Australia but instead he, Sehwag, and Zaheer chose to play hit & giggle IPL and miss the tour of West Indies back in June 2011. They then proceeded to underperform in England while Dravid who toured prospered. WICB should have remembered that insult & said no. After all we went 2 India last time, it should be their turn to tour. Not our fault BCCI agreed to tour SA back to back they should have tried to get CSA to tour India. I was looking forward to going to Sabina Park but with no Sachin, Zaheer Sehwag or Gayle i lost interest. I am sure i was not the only 1 in the region hoping to see Sachin on what wood have been his last Windies tour. Just as he denied the Windies fans back then so should WICB have denied the Indian fans but we dont have the cash or backbone to do that.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 1, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    If India is trying to put a series just for Sachin, than they are stupid. Sachin will retire when he wants not when someone says too. You are risking his future with the tour to south Africa. Tour to south Africa will be better tour for both countries since long time.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 1, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Approving 5 test and 5 odi and t20 is OK for England tour,. While disapproving 4 test 7 odi 2 t20 for tour to south Africa. Don't see a difference other than just playing 2 odi more. Playing 2 odi more is better than not playing. Players and fans would enjoy.

  • POSTED BY cricket_lover_indian on | September 1, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Its sad to see how fans are ridiculing Sachin Tendulkar. The proposed WI tour has more to do with BCCI's issues with CSA than Sachin's 200th test.

    And what is wrong with Sachin getting to play his 200th test on his home ground? Its a small tribute to the legend who has done great things for Indian cricket.

    We should just enjoy him play keeping all the issues of records, age, country etc aside, because we might not get too many chances to see the Little Master conjure his magic again in the future.

    Tendulkar, the cricketer who touched and inspired an entire generation, the nation will for ever be greatful.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Waiting for seeing the master one last time in tests at home. All the best Sachin.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | September 1, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    @Jaydip Kaneria: I think you are overreacting. Sachin deserves this treatment. He's a LEGEND. The BCCI are not doing this for MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli. They are doing this to honour a man who has served Indian cricket for more than 20 years. He deserves to play his 200th test at home and that too in front of his beloved Mumbai crowd.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    The financial clout of the BCCI is evident, and they can make anyone tour India as and when they desire. I hope we play 3 tests instead of 2 as 2 tests is quite meaningless. In a way its better for the lil master ,that he would have achieved the milestone of 200 tests, as he would go to South Africa in a better frame of mind. India does need his experience in SA as its the toughest tour in the world. We dont have a proper replacement for the great man as of now. So in hindsight its a good decision, but i still hope we play 3 tests and no ODI's

  • POSTED BY coldcoffee123 on | September 1, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    I have a genuine question: Instead of WI, why not simply invite SA to play India, in India ?????? Then after Tendulkar's 200th Test, India and SA can continue the rest of the series in SA. Something very very strange is going on.