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KCA inks deal with KSFL to take Greenfield stadium on lease

The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has signed an agreement with Kariyavattom Sports Facilities Limited (KSFL) to take Greenfield Stadium on lease till November 18, 2027.

It will pave way for international matches to be held in Thiruvananthapuram. The stadium, which is owned by KSFL, was constructed to conduct the 35th National Games. The stadium, which was built adhering to FIFA and ICC norms, has a capacity to seat 50,000 spectators.

KCA secretary T.N. Ananthanarayanan and KSLF CEO K. Sashidhar signed the agreement in the presence of KCA president T.C. Mathew and KSFL director Anilkumar Pandala.

According to the agreement, the KCA will be using the stadium for 180 days in a year (from October 1 to January 31 and from April 1 to May 30).

However, the KCA can still hold cricket matches on other days if stadium is available. The KCA will be held responsible for the maintenance of the playing area inside the stadium. The KCA will pay a fixed amount as fees and will share revenue with KSFL when international matches are held at the stadium.

A joint committee consisting of six members, three each from KCA and KSFL, will manage and monitor the activities during the lease period. The KCA members in the committee will be its secretary and president.

KCA president TC Mathew said the work on laying the wicket at the stadium will begin soon and the association expects to conduct international matches and IPL matches as early as possible.

The BCCI’s infrastructure Subsidy committee chairman Prakash Dixit had visited the stadium and expressed satisfaction at the facilities available in the stadium.

T.C. Mathew said the KCA still has not given up its dream project — an international stadium in Kochi — and it was very much in KCA vision 2020 programme.

KSFL director Anilkumar Pandala expressed happiness that KCA has come forward to take the world class infrastructure on lease and hoped that Thiruvananthapuram’s long wait for hosting an international cricket match would end soon. — Special Correspondent

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