Thursday, September 05, 2013

West Indies’ tour of India is expected to begin in November

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Tuesday confirmed their tour of India that is supposed to begin in November this year. In their planned tour, they will play two Tests and three ODI matches. However, dates and venues of this bilateral series are not finalized yet.
It is going to be a very important series for Sachin Tendulkar as he is looking forward to reach another milestone in the history of cricket. The 40-year-old batting maestro is just two matches away to compete his 200th Test matches. He is going to be the first ever player to have played 200 Tests so far.
It is expected that Test matches will take place in Mumbai and Kolkata. It seems that 200th Test match will be hosted in Mumbai, Tendulkar's hometown. He has already played 198 Tests and scored 15837 runs at an average of 53.86 with 51 centuries and 67 half-centuries.
Former Australian captains Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh are just after him with 168 Tests beside their names, 30 matches less than Sachin Tendulkar.
It is thought that due to this two-nation series, India’s tour of South Africa may have the possibility to be rescheduled and cut short. It was scheduled to begin on November 21. If India takes West Indies after home series against Australia that ends on November 2 then South Africa tour could begin before November 30.
India’s tour of South Africa was originally scheduled to play two T20s, seven ODIs and three Tests, ending on January 19. Due to Indian’s tour of New Zealand which begins on January 19, they will have to finish the series earlier.