‘Don’t blame KCA for abandoning of first ODI’

Kochi: Former Indian captain Ravi Shastri on Tuesday said “it was improper” to blame Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) for the abandoning of the first India-Australia ODI at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Oct 17.

Describing the statement made by a former KCA official as “immature”, Shastri told reporters here, “even god could not have help in the holding of the match here”.

The first ODI had to be abandoned due to the heavy rains in Kochi. Former BCCI Secretary, S K Nair had criticised the association for the match being abandoned he had said that the ineffective drainage at the stadium had resulted in the calling off the match.

According to Sasthri, if the KCA had its own stadium, such a situation would not have arisen and urged the state government to help the association to have a stadium of its own.

Asked about the Kochi IPL team, Sasthri refused to comment saying that the franchisee had one more date to reply to BCCI notice.

On Indian speedster Sreesanth not finding place in the ODI team, Shastri said Sreesanth was the Test match bowler he should get into the ODI squad after proving his ability in the Test match. Shastri hoped that Sreesanth would be part of the Indian team to South Africa.


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