Mumbai: It's a perfect case of counting one's chickens before they are hatched. Even before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has come out with details of the proposed Test and ODI series against the West Indies later this year, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has expressed its desire to host the second game of the two-Test series which in all likelihood will be Sachin Tendulkar's landmark 200th Test.
"I understand Mumbai is keen to host the match as it could be Sachin's last Test at home, but Sachin belongs to Kolkata as well. He belongs to the whole of India," Biswarup Dey, the CAB treasurer told MiD DAY yesterday. Dey pressed CAB's case further: "We feel Eden Gardens will be the best stadium to host Sachin's 200th Test. After all, it has the biggest capacity across all venues (about 67,000 seats) in the country and also has an illustrious history."
So keen is CAB to host the game that they have already requested the BCCI to consider their case. "We requested BCCI president N Srinivasan on Sunday to let Eden host the match. Let's see how the Board responds," said Dey.