Wondering what name Team Kochi will assume for its inaugural Indian Prmier League campaign? You will have to wait a few more weeks to find out as the franchise has said that early Feb will be when the team's official name and the logo for its jersey will be revealed.
The announcement came after coach Geoff Lawson earlier said he would like to name the team as Kochi Tigers.
"Nothing has been decided so far and what he said is his liking. We will give two more weeks for our fans to suggest a suitable name and then we will decide. All such things will be announced here itself in early February," said co-owner Vivek Venugopal.
Both Lawson and Venugopal arrived in Kochi for the selection trials to constitute the remaining team after the franchise bagged 10 foreign cricketers at the auction in Bangalore.
As many as 43 cricketers from the state have been called for the audition that has commenced and Venugopal said that three Keralites would be selected in the team. Venugopal also added that they are happy with roping in 10 foreign players.
"Look, we are looking ahead for a period of three years and hence it may not be possible for all the 10 foreign players to travel with the team for all the three years because of their country requirements. So we have done the right selection."
Meanwhile, it has also been decided to hold the seven home matches of the team at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the only cricketing venue that has staged international matches in the recent past. Lawson added that former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene is the most likely candidate to lead the side.
On March 21, 2010, Rendezvous Sports World (RSW) won the franchisee rights for the Kochi team for a bid price of Rs.1500 crore.