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Sachin Tendulkar joins the #SaveKochiTurf movement, wants Trivandrum to host the West Indies ODI

Sachin tweeted that he wants football and cricket to happily co-exist, and he has urged the BCCI to look into the matter

T2 Online Newsdesk 21 March 2018, 5:51 PM
Sachin is the co-owner of Kerala Blasters FC

Sachin is the co-owner of Kerala Blasters FC Image: Twitter

Amid mounting opposition over the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA)'s plans to host the India-West Indies ODI in November in Kochi, Sachin Tendulkar has said hosting the match could end up damaging the FIFA-approved world-class football turf.

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

Tendulkar further said that he has taken up the matter with the BCCI.

The Kerala Football Association and football fans 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.

Earlier, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor said the association's move was "suspect". The Thiruvananthapuram MP said he has already spoken to Rai against the KCA's "bizarre" decision to transfer a ODI match from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi.

Kerala Blasters team member Iain Hume expressed dismay over the move, saying it was upsetting. "I understand there is lot of cricket in India. But I also understand that there is lot of football in Kerala".

Another Blasters key player CK Vineeth said the Jawaharlal Stadium in Kochi is one of six in India that are approved by FIFA, a certification that will take immense effort to obtain again.

(With inputs from PTI)

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