India-England ODI preparations in full swing: KCA

This is the first time that Kerala Cricket Association is hosting an One-Day International under lights and this is the eighth ODI being hosted by it

Kochi: Aug 23, 2012

Preparations for the India-England ODI on January 15 next year are going on in full swing and the pitch and ground related work is expected to be completed in a couple of months, a Kerala Cricket Association official said.

Work was expected to be completed in couple of months for the initial warm up matches, KCA Secretary T C Mathew, told reporters on Thursday.

This is the first time that KCA is hosting an ODI under lights and this is the eighth ODI being hosted by it.

The Organising committee office of India-England ODI was inaugurated on Thursday at a function by Greater Cochin Development Authority Chairman, N Venugopal.

Indian cricketer S Sreesanth said he was keen to play in the ODIs against England and hopefully his injuries would be healed by then. He said he would be available for selection.

For the first time, Kerala will be hosting the Deodhar Trophy championship, which is to be held from March 10-13 next year, Mathew said.

By 2014, small stadiums for cricket would be ready in all districts. The proposed Kochi cricket stadium, which ran into rough weather following protests from green activists, was not a closed chapter, he said.

On the pre-season preparations for Ranji Trophy Team, Mathew said the KCA has appointed former Indian player Sujith Somasundar as the consultant coach for the senior team for the coming season.

Himachal Pradesh’s Under 19 team will visit Kerala for six matches from August 31-September 10 at Palakkad and Perinthalmanna, while the Bangladesh Board Schools team is expected to be in Kerala from September 10-21.

Bangladesh Cricket Board is keen to visit Kerala to give exposure to their junior teams. In return, the junior teams will also visit Bangladesh. KCA’s academy team will visit Bangladesh from April 15-May 2. (PTI)