16 Oct 2013

Tendulkar to play last test at home

7:12 am on 16 October 2013

Cricket's most prolific run-scorer Sachin Tendulkar will play his 200th and final test match at his home ground in Mumbai against the West Indies next month before bringing the curtain down on his 24-year international career.

The 40-year-old Indian batsman had asked to end his career in front of his home crowd while local cricket associations battled to win the hosting rights for his send-off.

The itinerary has now been confirmed and Tendulkar, who made his international debut against Pakistan in 1989 as a 16-year-old, will play his 199th test in the series opener at Kolkata's Eden Gardens.

He will then bring up number 200 at the Wankhede Stadium before retiring from all forms of the game.

Tendulkar has accumulated 15,837 runs in 198 tests and 18,426 runs in 463 one-day internationals.