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IPL team will be Kerala's: Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor says it took immense pressure and protest to include a city from Kerala in IPL.

Shashi Tharoor says it took immense pressure and protest to include a city from Kerala in IPL.  

Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor said here on Monday that the new IPL cricket team would be Kerala's and not of Kochi's alone.

Speaking after inaugurating the Trivandrum Citizens' Action Network (TCAN), an umbrella organisation for the integrated development of the capital region, he said the stadium to be constructed at Karyavattam for the National Games would also be used to host IPL matches.

Dr. Tharoor said the successful bid for the IPL team by Kerala demonstrated the need for concerted action for other projects such as the development of the Thiruvananthapuram international airport and the Vizhinjam container terminal. “There is no point in grieving about our shortcomings. It takes concerted action to achieve anything.”

He said Kerala did not figure in the initial list of places for the two new IPL teams to be based.

“It took immense pressure and protest to include a city from Kerala. Though Thiruvananthapuram was the first choice, Kochi emerged the choice because it had a stadium.”

Dr. Tharoor also released a logo for TCAN. Union Minister of State for Corporate Affairs Salman Khurshid was also present.

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