Sachin Tendulkar in favor of Thiruvananthapuram for hosting India-WI ODI Match

March 21, 2018

In the midst of rising opposition against the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA)’s plans to host the India-West Indies ODI in November at Kochi, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said that hosting the cricket match could cause potential damage to the FIFA approved World class Football turf.

He voted for Thiruvananthapuram to host the ODI cricket match between India and West Indies to be held on November 1 instead of the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi, which was last used for the U-17 Football World Cup.

“Worried about the potential damage to the FIFA approved World class Football turf in Kochi. Urge the KCA to take the right decision where cricket (Thiruvananthapuram) and Football (Kochi) can happily co-exist,” he tweeted.

Tendulkar said he has discussed the matter with the BCCI and, “Urged Shri Vinod Rai (Chief of Committee of Administrators) who has promised to look into the matter. Hoping that neither the cricket nor the football fans are disappointed”, he said.

Kerala Football Association and football lovers in the state have expressed concern over the move by the KCA to host the cricket match at the Kochi stadium, which is also home to the Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters FC, co-owned by Tendulkar.