Kochi: The India-West Indies One-Day International (ODI) will be held in Kochi on November 1.
Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had earlier announced Thiruvananthapuram as the venue, the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has chosen Kochi over the venue in the state capital.
Earlier, KCA secretary Jayesh George had said the match would be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium at Kaloor if it was available.
The KCA had written to the BCCI Fixtures Committee expressing interest to host an ODI following the successful conduct of the India-New Zealand T20 match last year.
Subsequently, the stadium at Thiruvananthapuram was announced as one of the venues for the West Indies tour. However, the KCA has decided to chose Kochi over Thiruvananthapuram.
The KCA’s stand is that both the international venues in Kerala should get matches to host. Since the last international match, a T20I, was held in Thiruvananthapuram, the KCA was keen to host the upcoming match in Kochi.
The Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) has given its nod to conduct the match at its stadium. Now, the KCA has the onerous task of preparing the pitch as the old one was removed while the stadium was refurbished for hosting some matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. At least, five new wickets need to be readied, though the old practice wickets are still intact. Curators say a new wicket can be prepared in two weeks. The wickets will be fit for use by August if it is laid by May and they consolidate during the rainy season.
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