Wants Football & Cricket To Co-Exist

Wants Football & Cricket To Co-Exist

Kochi: Uncertainty over the venue for the India-West Indies One-Day International (ODI) to be held on November 1 continued on Wednesday.

The KCA's decision has come in for a lot of criticism from football fans who are peeved at the prospect of the world-class turf at the stadium being dug up for laying cricket pitches. "Let's not snatch that away, even if it's for a little while", national football team captain Sunil Chhetri tweeted.

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. Politics in India has affected cricket in the past - most famously during the T20 World Cup in 2016, when India's match against Pakistan was shifted from Dharamsala to Kolkata with the Himachal Pradesh government's inability to provide adequate security - and it would be unfortunate, to say the least, if once again an attempt to gain a political advantage would result in another such incident.

Pressure applied from Sachin Tendulkar, politician Shashi Tharror and numerous from across the corners of the country has had its effect with the scheduled ODI between India and West Indies for November being moved from Kochi to Thiruvananthapuram.


Meanwhile, C.N. Mohanan, chairman of Greater Cochin Development Authority, which owns the stadium, said experts' view will be taken whether the JLN Stadium can host cricket matches without damaging its FIFA-approved football turf.

"Urged Shri Vinod Rai (chief of the committee of administrators) who has promised to look into the matter". "He has promised to review the matter". Sachin said neither cricket or football fans should be disappointed. In another tweet, the local MP thanked everyone for the outpouring of support for his firm opposition to KCA shifting the ODI to Kochi. "KCA's motive is highly suspect", Tharoor tweeted.

"In an interview, I gave to a friend a few years ago, I spoke of how in my childhood, I played football on a ground where there were three or four cricket matches happening at the same time. But I also understand that there is a lot of football in Kerala".

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