Kochi to play five IPL matches at home

Indian Premier League’s Kochi franchise owners’ efforts to get its team’s matches shifted from its home base to Ahmedabad, seem to have hit a wall.

The Kochi team will now to be based out of Kochi and will play five matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue for one-day internationals. IPL’s governing council has informally told the Kochi owners to fall in line and start preparing to host their matches in Kochi.

Sources said that due to paucity of time, the new stadium will not be ready for IPL in April and the Kerala Cricket Association has signed a five-year lease deal with Kerala government to host cricket matches at the Nehru stadium.

“The promoters of the Kochi IPL team have been told to make preparations to host the matches. Our technical team would be visiting the stadium soon to assess the conditions there,” an IPL official said.

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