Kerala may not have an IPL team but the KCA has promised to bring cricket’s colourful league to Kochi if the tournament’s second leg is played in the country this year.
“If the IPL is played in India this year, we will have matches in Kochi,” said T.C. Mathew, the KCA President who is also a member of the IPL Governing Council, here on Friday.
The matches of the second leg are likely to be held between May 1 and 15. Mathew said the KCA has got the required NOC from the police and also an assurance from the BCCI in this regard.
The KCA has also decided to allow dual registration of players to help them play in two districts in Kerala.
Since players from all over the State were coming and playing league in Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram, virtually deserting their home districts, the KCA decided to bring a new rule to help the players.
“Since the A-Division League in Ernakulam is played over two days on turf wickets, players rush to Kochi, and also to Thiruvananthapuram.
“These players are lost to their home districts,” said the KCA President T.C. Mathew here on Friday.
“So, we have amended the players’ registration rules which will now allow them to play league in two places. Even Malayali players who are playing outside the State can benefit from this rule and come and play here. If the ‘other’ State where they reside does not have any objection we will not have a problem.”
The association has also decided to make its inter-district matches a one-and-half day affair of 70 overs to help them handle cricket’s longer version better. Earlier these matches were one-day affairs.
“We have also changed the format of the inter-zone matches. Instead, we will select some 20 players from each zone and they will play the KCA Super League — which will have three or four teams, from which the State under-14, 16 and under-19 and girls’ teams will be picked,” said Mathew.