Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar has not been in the best of forms off lateReuters

The BCCI are set to ask Sachin Tendulkar to retire after playing in his 200th Test, expected to be against the West Indies later this year.

Tendulkar, who has already retired from one-day international cricket, has not been in the best of forms for a while now, failing to score a single century in the past 22 Tests.

His retirement has been the subject of debate for a while, and now it seems like the BCCI will step in and ask the Indian legend to hang up that special bat of his after that epochal 200th Test, according to a report in the Mumbai Mirror.

Tendulkar, who holds numerous world records in Tests and ODIs, has also struggled to make an impression in home conditions, with the Indian maestro, who is now 40-years-old, not quite living up to the expectations in the home series' against England and Australia.

"He could not face a bowler like Monty Panesar (England spinner) in home conditions," an unnamed senior official of the BCCI was quoted as saying by the Mumbai Mirror. "He was further exposed in the series against Australia. Now the tricky bit is who will let him know this...

"Put together, they (the selectors) do not match his stature of 200 Tests and over 33,000 international runs. Between them, the four selectors -- the other one has not played Test cricket -- have not played even one third of the Tests that Tendulkar has played."

It is understood the West Indies series was scheduled impromptu only to make sure Tendulkar would be able to celebrate playing his 200th Test at home. If the BCCI had stuck to the Future Tours Programme (FTP), then the landmark Test was set to be played against South Africa away from home.

It is believed the 200th Test will either be played at Tendulkar's home stadium of Wankhede or at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The fixtures for the West Indies series will be decided in the Tours and Fixtures Committee meeting on October 3.