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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tharoor shows up at Kochi IPL meeting

Thiruvananthapuram : Sparking the Kochi IPL buzz again, former minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor returned to the scene by making an appearance at the meeting between the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) and Rendezvous Sports in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

Rendezvous Sports, the primary consortium behind the Kochi IPL team, held the meeting with the KCA to discuss infrastructure facilities needed for hosting the Kochi team in the Season 4 of the Indian Premier League.

Even though Tharoor didn't actually attend the meeting between KCA office bearers and Rendezvous Sports representatives, he spent some time at the KCA headquarters and called himself no more than a 'well-wisher' of the IPL Kochi team.

Tharoor addressed the media and made a brief presentation about the importance of the IPL team for Kerala in terms of promoting young talent and also strengthening Kerala's economy.

Speaking about Rendezvous Sports, he said 'They are seeking an appointment with the Chief Minister and they will call on the Opposition leader. Because sports is above politics, all parties should support the idea for an IPL team for Kerala in Kerala.

'It is important to have a strong relationship between the IPL Kochi team and Kerala Cricket Association,' he added, refusing to take questions from journalists.

Congress MP, Shashi Tharoor had to step down from his post of the Minister of State for External Affairs on April 18, after the controversy regarding his alleged proxy stake in the Kochi IPL team spiralled out of control bringing in plenty heat for the Congress Party

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