Last Update on: March 20th, 2018 at 06:00 pm
The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has pleaded before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In order host the fixture in Kochi. Owing to the alteration, it further draws ire as Tharoor termed it as ‘bizarre’.
However, the former Union Minister Tharoor went on to remark the move more sort of a ‘suspect’.
According to the Board, Kerala Cricket Association earlier slated Thiruvananthapuram to host Windies in the 50-over fold.
Pertinently, Windies are slated to play the five-match One-day International series in November 2018. And Greenfield Stadium has been as one of the venues as per the Board.
The Member of Parliament for Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor took to the social media platform Twitter to express his anger.
In his latest tweet, Tharoor maintained that he has spoken to the chief of Committee of Administrators (CoA) Vinod Rai regarding the matter of transferring the ODI venue.
“He has promised to review the matter. KCA’s motive is highly suspect”, Tharoor asserted on his Twitter handle.
Moreover, Tharoor is totally against the shifting of venue to Kochi where Under-17 World Cup Football matches were played.
The tweet has garnered 1,686 likes and 467 retweets which further included 127 comments.
Here’s what Shahi Tharoor had to say regarding the transfer of a venue:
Spoke to CoA Chief VinodRai to denounce Kerala Cricket Assn's bizarre decision to transfer the India-WI ODI from a match-ready Trivandrum stadium to Kochi, whose ground was last used for the U17 Football World Cup. He has promised to review the matter. KCA motives highly suspect
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 19, 2018
On the other second, the second tweet saw Tharoor hailing the supporters for taking a firm stand against the double standards.
“Turf laid for top-class football would have to be dug up, while a cricket-ready SportsHub stadium in Trivandrum, the best in India, lies idle. Who gains from this suspect decision?’, Shashi Tharoor asked.
Thanks for the outpouring of support for my firm opposition to KCA's shifting the WI ODI to Kochi. Turf laid for top-class football would have to be dug up, while a cricket-ready SportsHub stadium in Trivandrum, the best in India, lies idle. Who gains from this suspect decision?
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 20, 2018
Concluding, there is plenty on offer in football particularly in Kerala, but Tharoor is against removing the laid turf of Kochi stadium. It subsequently, saw the team member of Kerala Blasters Iain Hume expressing anguish.
The major concern regarding the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium is digging up of the pitch. It is important to point out the stadium has already met the standards of FIFA.
Here’s the newsfeed: