New Delhi: Much like his retirement, the venue of Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test has kept everyone associated with the gentlemen's game guessing. And the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has kept the 'mystery' alive and kicking by cancelling "by a week" its Tour and Fixtures committee meeting which was scheduled in Mumbai on Thursday. Sources say "by a week" could be much longer.
Tests and other international matches at home are allotted by a rotational system but this time, BCCI is deviating from the normal because Tendulkar's 200th Test has become "special". But the 'fight' to win the right to host the match has now become extra-special with associations either trying to win a return favour from the BCCI's all-powerful chief N. Srinivasan or exploit fractures in Mumbai's cricket administration.
While it is officially Bangalore and Ahmedabad's turn to host Test matches - West Indies are scheduled to play two Tests and three one-dayers in November - Kolkata's Eden Gardens and Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium are keen to host Tendulkar's milestone game out-of-turn. While the Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya is clearly seeking a 'favour' from Srinivasan for having backed the embattled BCCI president during his difficult post-Indian Premier League scandal days, Mumbai Cricket Association is simply exploiting the sentimental factor. (Also read: BCCI rubbishes report it asked Sachin to retire)