The two sports governing bodies are expected to meet, consider and resolve all issues regarding the hosting of matches at the Nehru stadium, Kochi...
It’s officially D-Day in Kochi for all those associated with cricket and football as the Kerala Football Association (KFA) and Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) are set go loggerheads at each other at a summit with the Greater Cochin Development Corporation (GCDA), with regards to hosting the cricket and football matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
As Goal reported earlier, the KCA is vying to have the clearance to host the One Day International (ODI) cricket match between India and West Indies on 8th October as they believe this is Kerala’s best chance to host an international match between now and 2017.
The KFA on the other hand, despite assurances from the KCA, feel that they are being hard done by as the pitch will not be in ideal condition to use before the Kerala Blasters, Kochi’s Indian Super League (ISL) franchise, kick off their tourney on October 15th.
The KCA had in fact written a letter to the organizers of the ISL, IMG-Reliance, requesting the postponement of the first game of the Kerala Blasters or shift it to an alternate venue. Sources in the organizing committee however have hinted that the schedule of the ISL, which is set to be unveiled on Thursday, will be akin to the one already bandied about by the KFA, reducing the likelyhood of a compromise.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary, Kushal Das, had earlier condemned the rescheduling of the ISL as impractical. So it will be interesting to note the minutes and proceedings of the meeting that will follow on Wednesday, considering any subsequent decision will be taken with reference to the associations’ parent bodies, the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and the AIFF.