Kerala might get some IPL matches amid Cauvery row

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Thiruvanthapuram, April 8: With Tamil du’s Cauvery river water sharing row with Kartaka hotting up, a few IPL matches of the present season, which got underway on Saturday, might be held in Kerala.
The matches that could be held in Kerala include those involving Cheni Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) — to be held in Cheni and Bengaluru.
Kerala Cricket Association Jayesh George told the media on Sunday that talks for these changes have already begun.
"Last night, CSK CEO K.S. Viswathan spoke to me about this and today top officials of the BCCI and IPL, including Amitabh Choudhary and Rajeev Shukla, also talked to me.
"We have expressed our willingness to stage IPL matches in Thiruvanthapuram and Kochi. We will hear from them in the next few days," he said.
The state-of-the-art Greenfield Stadium here could be the most likely venue if Kerala is allotted any of the IPL matches as the Kochi venue which was the home ground of the Kochi Tuskers in 2011 could take a while before it could be match-ready.
Apart from the excellent facilities at the Greenfield Stadium, which last year staged the India vs New Zealand T20, another reason it could be the choice is that Thiruvanthapuram can be reached by road in less than eight hours from Tamil du.
Tamil du has been witnessing protests over the Central government’s failure to set up a Cauvery Magement Board after the Supreme Court reduced its share of Cauvery water while Kartaka’s share was increased. IANS