Sreesanth will be permitted to practice in Kochi stadium: GDCA
The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium at Kaloor, owned by the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA), has been partially leased out to the Kerala Cricket Association,a member of the BCCI, for 30 years for hosting Test matches.
GCDA Chairman N Venugopal said that even though Sreesanth had not approached the body so far, seeking permission for doing net practicing at the stadium, but it will be a definite yes if he does so.
“If Sreesanth approaches us, we will definitely throw open the doors of stadium for him because he is a Keralite who has enormously contributed towards good cricket in the country,” Venugopal, a Congress leader, told a news agency.
When pointed out that Sreesanth was not allowed to play in the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) ground because of the ban, he cited the agreement signed between GCDA and KCA. He said that if KCA informs the GCDA in advance that it is going to host a Test match in the stadium, then GCDA will leave it in their full control till the tournament gets over.
“We are the owners of the stadium. We have the authority to decide ... who should be allowed in the ground,” he said, a day after Sreesanth took to net training at a Government School ground in Edapally here. Venugopal termed as “strange” the approach of BCCI towards Sreesanth even after he and two other cricketers, <g data-gr-id="32">Ankeet</g> Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were given a clean chit in the IPL-6 spot-fixing case by Patiala House Court on Saturday. Accusing BCCI of adopting a “step-motherly attitude” towards Kerala, Venugopal also said the Kochi stadium was not selected as a venue for hosting the Twenty20 World Cup tournament next year.
“BCCI has selected eight venues in the country for playing Twenty20 cricket. They excluded Kochi stadium, which has been hailed as a best cricket ground by legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. It is the best example for their step-motherly attitude towards Kerala,” he charged.
KCA urges BCCI to lift Sreesanth ban
The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) on Monday urged the BCCI to lift the life ban on S Sreesanth after a Delhi court exonerated the former India pacer from the IPL spot-fixing charge. All the 36 accused persons including Sreesanth, <g data-gr-id="52">Ankeet</g> Chavan and Ajit Chandila were on Saturday discharged in the IPL-6 spot fixing case by Patiala House <g data-gr-id="53">Court</g> but the Indian cricket board refused to lift the ban on them. KCA president and BCCI vice-president T C Mathew said the state board had written to both the secretary and the president of the Indian Board in this regard. “We have requested them that in the light of the court itself exonerating Sreesanth from the case, the ban imposed on him be lifted.