Kerala Cricket Association has accorded a rousing welcome to the England and Indian Players, who arrived in the city for the second ODI, to be held here on January 15, at the airport in the evening today.
The special chartered flight of Jet Airways, carrying the players from Rajkot landed at the airport at around 1900 hours, one hour behind the scheduled time.
Since evening a large number of cricket buffs in the city had gathered at the airport to have a glimpse of their beloved ‘shining starts in the cricket world’, and they lost all their control as soon as the players came out from the airport to board the bus to their hotel.
Opener for India, Rehna was the one who came out first from the airport, followed by Ravindra Jadeja, Amith Misra and Gautham Gambir and then skipper Dhoni.
Yuvraj singh, who returned in the team after his treatment, was received with royal salute by his fans.
After the Indian team, England players also boarded the bus.
Kerala Cricket Association General Secretary T C Mathew, President T R Balakrishnan, Mr Dhanapalan, MP and Just P Andrews were also present at the airport to receive the players.
Both the England and Indian playes would make to net practice on January 13 and 14. The match will be held on January 15.
Curator inspects Kochi pitch for 2nd Indo-Eng ODI ecounter
With just three days left for the second ODI encounter between England and India, BCCI Technical Committee Member and Curator P R Viswanath today expressed satisfaction over the pitch at the Jawaharlal International Stadium where the match would be played on January 15.
After preliminary inspection, Viswanath said, ‘I am satisfied with the pitch and it is ready for play even tomorrow.
‘The pitch is hard and enough grass is there. Of course, it would favour the battesmen.’ Mr Viswanath said he would inspect the pitch later in the evening and make his final remark.
Kerala Cricket Association Curator P P Ramachandran, who was with Mr Viswanath, endorsed his view said the pitch would be suitable for batting.
All preparations for hosting the ODI, the first in this city after gap of five years, were going on smoothly.