Coming up is a crucial week for the Kochi Indian Premier League (IPL) team that will have to finalise the name, coach, support staff and a crucial agreement to be inked with the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA).
“The agreement between KCA and the team has to take place soon. Since the AGM (annual general meeting) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is taking place later this week, there will be informal consultations with the Kochi IPL team owners,” KCA secretary TC Mathew said.
Rendezvous Sports World in March won the franchisee for the Kochi IPL team with a bid of Rs.15 billion.
The Kochi IPL team had a scare after Shashi Tharoor, who was highly supportive of the venture, lost his job as minister of state for foreign affairs after revelations that Sunanda Pushkar, now his wife, owned sweat equity in the team.
But the controversy has since settled and the team owners of Kochi IPL have been very cautious about their moves.
Quite a few names of former international cricketers, including Steve Waugh, Geoff Lawson, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, have been going around for the post of coach.
“Please leave me out of naming anyone,” said Mathew.
With Kochi being home to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which has held international matches in the recent past, for all practical purpose it would be the home ground for the Kochi team.
This venue got a major boost ahead of the next season of the IPL as it is to host the first ODI match Oct 17 against the visiting Australian team.
“Hopefully, by the end of this week, more details of the Kochi IPL team would emerge,” said Mathew.