It was a unanimous decision that was taken at the Kerala Cricket Association's general body meeting.

Its final India-WI ODI to be hosted in Thiruvananthapuram on November 1Greenfield Stadium: Image: Wikimedia Commons/ArsenalFan700
news Controversy Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 07:44

The general body meeting of the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) in Kottayam on Saturday cleared the decision that the KCA executive has taken to hold the November 1 One-Day International (ODI) between Indian and the visiting West Indies team in the state capital city of Thiruvananthapuram.

Speaking to IANS after the meeting KCA secretary Jayesh George said that the meeting has passed its decision to hold the match at Thiruvananthapuram.

"It was a unanimous decision that was taken at the general body meeting and it is now confirmed that the match will be held at Thiruvananthapuram," said George.

It was last week that the BCCI allotted an ODI to Kerala and after initially agreeing to stage the match at the brand-new Greenfield Stadium in the state capital, the KCA decided to move it out to Kochi.

The decision was greeted with displeasure by leading footballers in the state as the Kochi venue is now the home venue of the ISL team Kerala Blasters.

Also up in arms were cricket lovers in the state capital, led by its Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor, who after Friday's decision called off his candle light protest meet to be held on Saturday night at the against the KCA.

Earlier, several people including veteran cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, had objected to the digging up of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium to lay a cricket pitch. He had also pointed out that the ground was developed as a world class football stadium for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and it should stay that way.

Last year the visiting New Zealand side played a Twenty20 match at the Greenfield Stadium, the first match to be held in the state capital after a gap of almost three decades.

The stadium and the facilities had won the hearts of many who had come for the match, including India captain Virat Kohli.

 

IANS inputs

 

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