Now we have this.. Kochi team will be called "Indi Commandos". This is the explanation they gave "Indi stands for an independent Indian cricket team that will go ahead to win a billion hearts. Commandos stands for an elite fighting squad, renowned for attacking with speed, stealth and deadly power".
Where's Kochi?? Where's the flavor of Kerala?? Isn't this supposed to be a team representing Kochi, and thereby representing Kerala?? Every team name has its own flavor, and most of all, have retained the name of the place where they belong (They say its Indi Commandos Kerala, but they are promoting it as Indi Commandos).
If this wasn't enough, we have a new report. "Kochi" IPL team wants Ahmedabad as their permanent base !!! This is their reasoning: "Firstly, high entertainment tax (Kerala has 36% entertainment tax) and secondly, the state association has no control over Kochi stadium and worse infrastructure facilities".
If they really wanted Ahmedabad as their base, then they should have bid for Ahmedabad and not Kochi... The point is, were they not aware of the entertainment tax in Kerala before?? Were they not aware of the stadium before?? They wanted Kerala cricket association to build a new stadium, and the High Court stopped it citing environment issues.. Kochi Management messed up the auction, and now you are messing up with Kochi !! Too far guys, too far...
Kochi doesn't deserve all this crap... They deserve a team which they can follow, support and be proud of... Personally, it hurts.. I just wish they change their team name to anything that has the word "Kochi" and sort out the ground and tax issues with the Government of Kerala..
Indi Commandos... or... Indi - come "mandoos" (Mandoos is Malayalam slang word for Fool).. How APT !!!
PS: Finally, theres some good news... based on 2 articles..
- "No change in Kochi IPL team's home ground" - Kerala Cricket Association official.
- Theme song of Kochi will feature the beauty of Kerala.
Something for the Kerala cricket fans to cheer about..