"Urge the KCA to take the right decision where cricket (Thiruvananthapuram) and Football (Kochi) can happily coexist". Another Blasters key player C K Vineeth said the Jawaharlal Stadium in Kochi is one of six in India that are approved by Federation Internationale de Football Association, a certification that will take enormous effort to obtain again.
The issue was also brought to the notice of Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor, who tweeted, "Spoke to CoA Chief Vinod Rai to denounce KCA's freakish decision to transfer the India-WI ODI from a match-ready Trivandrum stadium to Kochi, whose ground was last used for the U-17 Football World Cup".
A top KCA official, however, disclosed to IndianExpress.com that it is not about cricket vs football but about the agreement the association has with the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) - the stadium's owners. He has also said that the chief of Committee of Administrators Vivod Rai has given assurance that he'd intervene in this issue at the earliest. Politics in India has affected cricket in the past - most famously during the T20 World Cup in 2016, when India's match against Pakistan was shifted from Dharamsala to Kolkata with the Himachal Pradesh government's inability to provide adequate security - and it would be unfortunate, to say the least, if once again an attempt to gain a political advantage would result in another such incident.
Tharoor tweeted: "Turf laid for top-class football would have to be dug up, while a cricket-ready SportsHub stadium in Trivandrum, the best in India, lies idle". Prominent personalities such as Sasi Tharoor, N.S. Madhavan and players Rino Anto, Ian Hume and C.K. Vineeth had tweeted against the KCA decision to conduct the one-day worldwide against West Indies in Kochi, when the KCA has also an option to conduct the match in Thiruvananthapuram. "KCA's motive is highly suspect", Tharoor had tweeted.
Saquon Barkley at pro day: 'I'm done running with a shirt off'
He said last week in Harrisburg that he plans to run some passing routes but won't re-test in the combine drills. Two weeks before the draft, his girlfriend, Anna Congdon, is scheduled to give birth to their child.
"The campaign that was started by Blasters" fan group "Manjappada" was also endorsed by supporters of other Indian Super League and I-League clubs.
"I understand there is a lot of cricket in India".