Kerala offers support to host IPL matches in Kochi

The sixth edition of IPL has 10 matches in Chennai. Thirteen Sri Lanka players are included in various teams while Nuwan Kulasekara and Akila Dananjaya are members of the local franchisee - Chennai Super Kings.

updated: March 28, 2013 15:06 IST
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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Wednesday offered full support to the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) if the need arose to stage matches at Kochi for the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League that begins April 3.

"The KCA had approached us that there could arise a probability wherein Kochi could stage a few matches of the IPL. We have offered our full support and complete security arrangements would be provided and other support systems also would be in place," said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting here.

The KCA office bearers, led by its secretary TC Mathew, had Tuesday approached Chandy after reports that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking that Sri Lankan players and officials be excluded from IPL matches to be staged in Chennai.

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