Sachin Tendulkar has come in support of a campaign against the India-West Indies one-day international cricket match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
What forces the “God of Cricket” stand up against the sport he has graced more than anyone else?
The master blaster is “worried about the potential damage to the FIFA approved World class Football turf in Kochi” the conduct of one-day international might cause.
Tendulkar, the co-owner of Kerala Blasters, has expressed his concern over the Kerala Cricket Association’s decision to conduct the one-day international match between India and West Indies.
The KCA’s decision has invited wide criticism from football fans who are peeved at the prospect of the world-class turf at the stadium being dug up for laying cricket pitches.
Already, a campaign #savekochiturf has been started by football fans and is trending on social media
Tendulkar has taken to Twitter to express his concern.
Worried about the potential damage to the FIFA approved World class Football turf in Kochi. Urge the KCA to take the right decision where cricket (Thiruvananthapuram) and Football (Kochi) can happily coexist. pic.twitter.com/rs5eZmhFDP
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 20, 2018
India’s football icon Sunil Chhetri has also expressed similar concerns in a twitted message.
We football fans in India have small joys and reasons to be happy about. A proper football pitch is one of them. Let’s not snatch that away, even if it’s for a little while.#SaveKochiTurf
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) March 20, 2018
He had urged the KCA to “take the right decision where cricket (at Thiruvananthapuram) and football (at Kochi) could happily coexist”.
He also tweeted that he has urged Vinod Rai, COA chief, to look into the matter. Sachin said neither cricket or football fans should be disappointed.
The Jawaharlal Nehru stadium is the home ground of Sachin’s Kerala Blasters and had hosted the matches of the FIFA under-17 World Cup last year.
Former Indian pacer S Sreesanth too opposed the KCA move.