Kerala cricket willing to welcome Robin Uthappa
Uthappa has played 101 First Class games for Karnataka,
Published - Jun 20, 2017 7:56 pm | Updated - Jun 20, 2017 7:56 pm
Veteran Karnataka batsman Robin Uthappa is all set to leave the domestic side that he has been playing for the last 15 years. Uthappa recently received the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) for playing for the other state teams in the Indian domestic circuit. In the recent times, there have been reports of Uthappa having an inclination towards playing for Kerala in the domestic circuit.
However, there has been so confirmationn regarding the same from Uthappa’s end. Things started when Robin Uthappa was dropped from the Karnataka lineup towards the fag end of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 season. He had a relatively poor season with the bat and had scored only one century. Since then, there have been talks about him being in contention for a swap to Kerala side.
The Kerala side would definitely benefit from the inclusion of Robin in their side. He would aid experience to the lineup. KCA secretary Jayesh Georger recently expressed his desire to rope the services of the veteran batsman.
“He has exited from Karnataka and we have also written to him with our offer to accept him. What we understand is that at the moment he is out of the country. Once he is back, we expect to hear from him. We are confident that he will play for Kerala very soon,” he quoted.
KSCA gives NOC
Meanwhile, the secretary of the KSCA, Mr. Sudhakar Rao spoke about the discussions he has had with Uthappa. He noted that they wish for his welfare and hope he has a good time whereever he goes. The board has granted him an NOC for the same.
“I had a long chat with Robin and he had his reasons for moving out. We tried to hold him back but couldn’t, so we had to issue the NOC as per his request. His contribution to Karnataka cricket is immense and we wish him the best always,” Sudhakar quoted.