The Greenfield International Stadium in Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram will host a One Day International (ODI) cricket match between India and Windies in November later this year.
The BCCI has confirmed the news and cricket lovers in nature’s habitat can look forward to the showdown.
India-Windies set for the clash
The day-night match will be played on November 1st. Keralites celebrate the Kerala Piravi Day on that particular day. The Windies are set to tour India during October to November.
The teams will play two Tests, five ODIs, and three T20Is. The stadium will host its second international match. There have been protests from footballers, politicians and cricketers to shift the event from the stadium in Kochi.
“We have received an email from the BCCI Tours and Fixtures Committee, which confirmed that the state will host the fifth ODI in the India-West Indies series,” said Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) secretary Jayesh George.
Earlier, KCA had taken a lot of flak for preferring to host the match at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi. It would have required the digging up of the newly-laid football turf at the venue.
Indian midfielder CK Vineeth too spoke out against the idea of digging up the football turf in Kochi to accommodate the cricket match.
The cricket match would have clashed with Indian Super League, which will be played in the October-November period.
“I believe that for sport to co-exist, it is important that they do not stop each other from growing. As a nation, we are fighting for success and to become better on so many fronts, and a lot of time, effort and money has gone into the football pitch at the JN Stadium,” he said.
Windies meanwhile will take on Sri Lanka in a five-day event, starting from today. India, on the other hand, will play Afghanistan in the latter’s maiden Test match.