IPL’s Kochi Franchise Name Unveiled as Tuskers Kerala

March 14, 2011

Indian Premier League’s (IPL) controversy ridden Kochi franchise unveiled on Saturday, March 12, the new name and logo of its team as ‘Kochi Tuskers Kerala’ following an online voting initiative.

Media reports have quoted Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) officials as saying the new team name has been approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL governing council.

KCA, on Saturday, said preparations for the first IPL encounter between Kochi and Royal challengers Bangalore were almost complete and it was fully geared up to host the five matches of the home team here from 9 April.

KCA secretary TC Mathew said the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the venue of the IPL matches, was quite suitable for conducting the home matches of the Kochi IPL team, further stating that the KSC was prepared to host the two matches now allotted to Indore.

As for the new name, a statement posted by the franchise read: “It was their (the fans) energy and enthusiasm which made this one of a kind special initiative a run-away success. Such an encouraging response made the name process exciting and a memorable occasion.”