Kochi Tuskers Kerala

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Kochi Tuskers Kerala
Kochi Tuskers Kerala Logo.svg
LeagueIndian Premier League
OwnerT Venkattram Reddy, Subhash Chandra, Radhakishan Damani, Uday Kotak, Benu Gopal Bangur, Shashi Tharoor
Team information
CityKochi, Kerala, India
Home groundJawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
Secondary home ground(s)Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Secondary ground capacity30,000

The Kochi Tuskers Kerala were a franchise cricket team that played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and will play IPL 2020 representing the city of Kochi, Kerala. The team was one of two new franchises added to the IPL for the 2011 season, alongside the Pune Warriors India. The team franchise was owned by Kochi Cricket Pvt Ltd., which was a consortium of multiple companies. Their first IPL match was against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 9 April 2011 and their first win was against Mumbai Indians on 15 April 2011. Their last match, before being terminated, was on 18 May 2011 against the Chennai Super Kings.

On 19 September 2011, the BCCI announced that the Kochi Tuskers Kerala IPL franchise was terminated for breaching its terms of agreement.[1]

On 8 July 2015, a justice panel headed by the former Chief Justice of India RC Lahoti ruled in favor of the Kochi franchise after an arbitration regarding BCCI's decision to encash the bank guarantee given by Kochi Tuskers in 2011. As a result, the BCCI was ordered to pay a Rs. 550 crore penalty failing which would mean an 18 percent annual penalty. However the franchise owners wanted the franchise to be reinstated for the next season instead. The BCCI also informed the court that majority of their members were of the opinion that they should appeal against this decision and a final decision was taken to challenge the decision in the Bombay High Court. As of March 2018, the BCCI were still appealing the case, but their latest appeal to the Supreme Court had failed.[2]

Franchise history[edit]


The auction for expanding the initial eight franchises for the Indian Premier League was held on 22 March 2010. The cities involved in the auction were Pune, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Nagpur, Kanpur, Dharamsala, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot, Cuttack, Vadodara, Indore and Gwalior. Two new teams were selected out of 12 teams, which bid for 2011 IPL matches. Sahara Group made the highest bid in the auction and chose to base its team in Pune, at the cost of US$370m (1702 crore).[3] Rendezvous Sports World made the second highest bid of US$333.2m(1533 crores), and elected to base its team in Kochi.[4] The two new franchises were sold for a combined sum of money, which was greater than the combined purchase price of all the original eight IPL franchises.[5] With the Kochi team and Pune team participating in the 2011 IPL tournament, all four southern states in India had an IPL franchise (RCB for Karnataka, KTK for Kerala, CSK for Tamil Nadu and DC for Andhra Pradesh), while Maharashtra has two IPL franchises (PWI) and (MI).

The original shareholding pattern of KTK was:

  • Rendezvous Sports World (26%)
  • Parinee Developers (26%)
  • Anchor Earth (27%)
  • Film Waves (12%)
  • Anand Shyam (8%)
  • Vivek Venugopal (1%)

Of the 26% held by Rendezvous Sports World in whose name the title rights were vested, the Gaekwads would only get (10%) free plus (1%) paid, Sunanda Pushkar (5%) and another (10%) was reserved for the brand ambassador for the team.

The restructured shareholding pattern was:

  • Anchor Earth (31.4%)
  • Parinee Developers (30.6%)
  • Film Waves Combine (13.5%)
  • Anand Shyam (Anand Shyam Estates and Developers Pvt Ltd) (9.5%)
  • Vivek Venugopal (Elite Group of Companies) (5%)
  • Rendezvous Sports World (10%)

Initial franchise issues[edit]

The franchise had been at the centre of many controversies since its inception. BCCI had given the franchise ultimatum to dissolve factionalism and infighting. After a series of lengthy meetings the company sent a letter to the BCCI requesting more time stating that the negotiations were in an advanced stage and they needed some more time to be sorted.[6]

The BCCI announced that on 27 October '10 it would decide the fate of the Kochi team and the BCCI insisted that the two cases of the Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals which were expelled are different.[7] The IPL Governing council decided to give them a 30-day termination notice which meant that the franchise would have to reply to the notice within 30 days and if the IPL accepted their agreement then the franchise would no longer face the prospect of being terminated[8] The Kochi promoters submitted a letter to the BCCI officials with regard to the revised structure of agreement hammered out between them. The BCCI governing council meeting was held on 28 Nov 2010 at Nagpur to decide the fate of Kochi franchisee. BCCI president Shashank Manohar said the board needed more time to discuss the issue and to take legal opinion and that the final decision on Kochi Tuskers Kerala will be taken on the BCCI governing council meeting at Mumbai on 5 December 2010.[9] After much speculation it was finally announced by the BCCI that it was satisfied with the agreements signed by the franchise owners and the team would participate in the 2011 IPL Season.

Team name and home ground issues[edit]

Kochi team management had announced "Indi Commandos Kerala" as the original team name in February 2011. The name and logo received much negative response from the fans worldwide.[10] Things got worse by team management's further decision to drop "Kerala" from the team name and the reported move to Ahmedabad as the home ground;[11] comparatively high entertainment tax in Kerala (36%) was cited as the reason for the latter.[12] This invoked a mass response in the social networking sites, particularly on Facebook,[13] forcing the management to ultimately change the team name and logo. As a result, a voting poll was set up in the official site and the fans were provided the option the vote between either Kochi or Kerala as the first part of the name and the second part of the name from any of Titans, Tuskers, Tigers, Commandos and United.[14] Tuskers which won this polling was selected as the team name and the full name was released as Kochi Tuskers Kerala.[15] The decision to change the home ground also was dropped by the team management when Corporation of Cochin decided to waive off a 50% in the entertainment tax which now is 18% per game.[16]

Termination from IPL[edit]

Due to a dispute among the owners, the Kochi Tuskers franchise failed to pay the 10% bank guarantee of the total franchise fee that it was supposed to pay before the season began. The BCCI claimed that it had sent several requests for payment to the franchise owners but received no response.[17] On 19 September 2011, then BCCI president N. Srinivasan announced that the Kochi Tuskers Kerala IPL franchise was terminated by the BCCI because they failed to provide the bank guarantee to cover their annual fee.[18] The franchise's plea seeking to restrain the BCCI from encashing its bank guarantee of 1.56 billion was rejected by a single bench of Justice SF Vajifdar.[18]

On 14 October 2011, the IPL Governing Council announced that there would be only nine teams participating in 2012 after the Kochi franchise was expelled from the league.[19] The players from the Kochi Tuskers were auctioned to other franchises in 2012 IPL player auction. Players who attracted no bids had their salaries covered via the team's bank guarantee from the previous season.[20] On 13 January 2012, the BCCI asked the foreign individual players who had signed a contract with Kochi Tuskers to sue Kochi Tuskers' owners, with the BCCI included as party to each case.[21][22]

In February 2012, Rendezvous Sports World announced that it would take the BCCI to court over its termination from the IPL.[23] In July 2015, a court-appointed arbitrator Justice Lahoti ordered the BCCI to pay 550 crore (US$80 million) as compensation for terminating the Kochi Tuskers franchise agreement. ESPNCricinfo reported that the franchise owners had requested the BCCI to permit the team to return to the IPL, in lieu of the compensation awarded by the arbitrator. IPL Governing Council intends to appeal the ban.[17]

Home grounds[edit]

The two home grounds of the Kochi Tuskers Kerala were the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi and Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore. Five homes matches were held at Kochi and two at Indore. The Greater Cochin Development Authority completely over-hauled the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to cater for hosting IPL matches.[24]


KTK bought 17 players in the IPL 2011 auction, signing five specialist batsmen, those being Mahela Jayawardene, VVS Laxman, Brad Hodge, Owais Shah and Michael Klinger. The team signed six bowlers, the most notable being Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. The others include Sreesanth, RP Singh, Ramesh Powar, Vinay Kumar and Steve O'Keefe. Four all-rounders were signed those being Ravindra Jadeja, Steve Smith, Thisara Perera and John Hastings. Two renowned Wicket-keeper batsmen were signed, Brendon McCullum who is the leading run scorer in Twenty20 Internationals and Parthiv Patel. However, KTK lost both their Australian all-rounders Smith and John Hastings for the 2011 season due to injuries, without either of them playing a game for KTK.[25]

The Sri Lankan players playing in IPL were asked to return by 5 May for a training camp ahead of their scheduled tour of England by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board.[26] KTK's captain Mahela Jayawardene and Thisara Perera were supposed to leave the team early, but the BCCI and the Sri Lankan board came to an agreement and the players returned only by 18 May.[27] Jayawardene's possible departure fueled speculation that Sourav Ganguly may join the team, as KTK could request the IPL Governing Council for a replacement as per the rule of same base price.[28] Ganguly would ultimately join the other debut team of IPL 4, Pune Warriors India in place of their injured fast bowler, Ashish Nehra.

On 18 May 2011, Parthiv Patel lead the Tuskers against Chennai Super Kings in their last match of the 2011 season as skipper Mahela Jayawardene had to leave for national duty.[29] On May 2017 Muttiah Muralitharan reported that the franchise has only paid 60% of the money to all the players including himself.[citation needed].


Name Nat Notes
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka Overseas
Brad Hodge Australia Overseas
Deepak Chougule India
Michael Klinger Australia Overseas
VVS Laxman India
Owais Shah England Overseas
Steven Smith Australia Overseas
Yashpal Singh India
Tanmay Srivastava India
Gnaneswara Rao India
Raiphi Gomez India
John Hastings Australia Overseas
Ravindra Jadeja India
Kedar Jadhav India
Steve O'Keefe Australia Overseas
Thisara Perera Sri Lanka Overseas
Padmanabhan Prasanth India
Parthiv Patel India
Brendon McCullum New Zealand Overseas
Chandan Madan India
Sushant Marathe India
Vinay Kumar India
S Sreesanth India
RP Singh India
Ramesh Powar India
Prasanth Parameswaran India
Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka Overseas
Balachandra Akhil India

Team identity[edit]

Jersey colours[edit]

The jersey of Kochi Tuskers Kerala was purple hazes in orange T-shirt and orange trousers. The team management explained the selection of colours – Orange for the highest run scorer and purple for the highest wicket-taker- the colours of the caps .[30]


Federal Bank, a major Indian commercial bank in the private sector, with headquarters in Aluva, Kerala, was the principal sponsor of Kochi Tuskers Kerala.[31] The tickets for KTK's home matches were sold through Federal bank branches and their website. The Ticket sales of Kochi Tuskers Kerala was officially started in a ceremony hosted at the Le Meridian Hotel Kochi, on 28 March. Soon after, the tickets become available at the team's official ticketing partner website kyazoonga.com.[32]

Lotto, an Italian sports goods manufacturer was the apparel sponsor for the team.[33]

V-Guard, an electronics company and AVT, a tea brand were the associate sponsors. Elite Foods, Parinee Developers and Anchor Earth are the other main sponsors.

Theme song[edit]

External video
Signature song of Kochi Tuskers Kerala

The signature song of Kochi Tuskers Kerala is composed by veteran film score composer Ouseppachan. The music video for the song was filmed by Priyadarshan and his cinematographer Thiru. The song was shot at various locales including Paravur, Cherraai, Varapuzha backwaters and the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. It features almost all the leading players in the team as well as Malayalam movie actress Rima Kallingal.[34][35][36]


Year Indian Premier League Champions League Twenty20
2011 Group stage (8/10) DNQ
  • DNQ = Did Not Qualify

Result summary[edit]


Year Home/Away Matches Wins Loss No Result Win %
2011 Home 7 3 4 0 42.86%
Away 7 3 4 0 42.86%
Total 14 6 8 0 42.86%

By opposition[edit]

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR Win %
Deccan Chargers 2011 1 0 1 0 0 0
Delhi Daredevils 2011 2 1 1 0 0 50
Kings XI Punjab 2011 1 0 1 0 0 0
Kolkata Knight Riders 2011 2 2 0 0 0 100
Mumbai Indians 2011 1 1 0 0 0 100
Rajasthan Royals 2011 2 1 1 0 0 50
Royal Challengers Bangalore 2011 2 0 2 0 0 0
Pune Warriors India 2011 1 0 1 0 0 0
Chennai Super Kings 2011 2 1 1 0 0 50

2011 season[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard
1 9 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets South Africa AB de Villiers (RCB)
- 54* (40 balls)
2 13 April Pune Warriors India DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai Pune Warriors won by 4 wickets India Mohnish Mishra (PWI)
- 37* (21 balls)
3 15 April Mumbai Indians Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 8 wickets New Zealand Brendon McCullum (KTK)
– 81 (60 balls)
4 18 April Chennai Super Kings Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 7 wickets
(D/L method)
New Zealand Brendon McCullum (KTK)
– 47 (33 balls)
5 20 April Kolkata Knight Riders Eden Gardens, Kolkata Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 6 runs Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene (KTK)
- 25 (27 balls)
6 24 April Rajasthan Royals Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur Rajasthan Royals won by 8 wickets Australia Shane Warne (RR)
- 3/16 (4 overs)
7 27 April Deccan Chargers Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi Deccan Chargers won by 55 runs India Ishant Sharma (DC)
- 5/12 (3 overs)
8 30 April Delhi Daredevils Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi Delhi Daredevils won by 38 runs India Virender Sehwag (DD)
- 80 (47 balls)
9 2 May Delhi Daredevils Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 7 wickets India Prasanth Parameswaran (KTK)
– 2/29 (4 overs)
10 5 May Kolkata Knight Riders Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 17 runs Australia Brad Hodge (KTK)
– 35* (19 balls)
11 8 May Royal Challengers Bangalore M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 9 wickets Jamaica Chris Gayle (RCB)
– 44 (16 balls)
12 13 May Kings XI Punjab Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets India Dinesh Karthik (KXIP)
– 69 (33 balls)
13 15 May Rajasthan Royals Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 8 wickets Australia Brad Hodge (KTK)
– 33* (17 balls) & 4/13 (4 overs)
14 18 May Chennai Super Kings M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai Chennai Super Kings won by 11 runs India Wriddhiman Saha (CSK)
– 46* (33 balls)

See Also[edit]


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