IPL CEO, Kochi IPL team owners visit Kochi Stadium

Kochi: Indian Premier League (IPL) CEO, Sunder Raman and 3 members of the IPL Kochi franchisee on Thursday inspected the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here to take stock of the facilities.

They held a closed door meeting with Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) officials including secretary, T C Mathew.

Later talking to reporters, Vivek Venugopal, one of the franchisees of Kochi IPL, said they were happy with the stadium and would ensure that at least 7 home matches are played here.

The BCCI has given a deadline till February 28 to complete the works-- re-turfing, flood lights and security. The KCA will have to ensure that by february end all works with regard to the stadium are completed.

“We have about two and half maonths now. I think we should be ready with the ground and other arrangements and complete works as per BCCI guidelines.”

“More than two keralites would be part of the IPK Kochi team,” he said.

KCA Secretary, T C Mathew, said several aspects were discussed with the IPL officials and team owners.

KCA President, T R Balakrishnan the team owners were fully satisfied with the stadium. The preliminary work on the stadium will begin soon and by January all the work will begin in full swing.

Three membes from IPL Consortium, three from Kochi IPL and two from International Management Goup (IMG) came for discussions.

PTI

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