The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has agreed to shift the India vs. West Indies ODI to be held in November from Kochi to Sports Hub, Thiruvananthapuram.
KCA officials had a discussion with state sports minister AC Moideen on Thursday, as there was a controversy created when KCA decided to host the ODI in Kochi. Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in Kochi has a football turf which has been rated by FIFA and holds matches of Indian Super League football for Kerala Blasters.
There were fears of the whole ground being damaged as KCA would prepare to put in a pitch for the cricket match. Even cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who owns the ISL team Kerala Blasters urged the KCA to move the game to Thiruvananthapuram.
"We have agreed to the request from sports minister and in principle agreed to have Windies ODI in Thiruvananthapuram. The decision has to be ratified at the AGM of KCA on Saturday," said Jayesh George, KCA secretary, as per reports of Times of India.
The KCA also requested the minister to allot them land in Kochi for the construction of its own cricket stadium.
He also took a dig at Sachin Tendulkar who suggested that match should be moved to Thiruvananthapuram.
"We had no plans to dig up the entire ground at JNI stadium in Kochi. We only wanted to put a pitch on the ground for which only some altercation was required on the turf. I don't think Sachin has an expertise on the construction of a pitch nor have I. He probably suggested it because he is the co-owner of Kerala Blasters Football Club," Jayesh said.