'Fifa approved' turf for cricket! Opposition mounts against hosting game

'Fifa approved' turf for cricket! Opposition mounts against hosting game

A one-day global between India and West Indies to be played in November will be held in Thiruvananthapuram instead of Kochi, an official from the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has said, following a campaign by football fans who were in opposition to the plan to play the match in Kochi.

Tharoor, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, spoke to BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai asking him to denounce the "bizarre" decision of the KCA to hold the match in Kochi.

GCDA chairman C N Mohanan said that the stance cricket matches should be held in Thiruvananthapuram and only football games should be staged in Kochi was unacceptable.

Even Chhetri too tweeted, "We football fans in India have small joys and reasons to be happy about".

If the city were to now host a cricket match, the entire stadium would be required to be dug up in order to relay the cricket pitches. Earlier, on this move, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor had already registered his views on the matter and doubted KCA's motive.

Another Blasters key player C K Vineeth said the Jawaharlal Stadium in Kochi is one of six in India that are approved by Federation Internationale de Football Association, a certification that will take enormous effort to obtain again.

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Sachin Tendulkar in a tweet said he was anxious about the potential damage to the FIFA-approved world class football turf in Kochi and urged the KCA to take the right decision where cricket (Thiruvananthapuram) and football (Kochi) could happily coexist.

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar was among those who urged the KCA to reconsider its decision to host the match in the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium at Kochi.

In his tweet, he wrote, "Over the course of this week, I have read various reports that the turf at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium will be dug up to help facilitate the ODI cricket match between India and West Indies". "He has promised to review the matter".

Sachin's tweet will put additional pressure on KCA to reconsider its decision.

Kerala Blasters team member Iain Hume expressed his dismay over the move saying it was upsetting. I understand the love of cricket in not just Kerala, but all of India, and I don't want to disrespect anyone for that. "But I also understand that there is a lot of football in Kerala".