Till the 1940s the game of cricket was unknown in the royal town of Tripunithura, the erstwhile capital of the Cochin State, at least in the form of matches. There were a few daring young princes who talked about the game and even practiced on a crude concrete wicket at the Princes’ Club, (as Tripunithura Cricket Club was known then), which then was exclusively for the male members of the Cochin Royalty. Apart from two or three colleges in the State, cricket was played by the Englishmen at Thalassery and Fort Cochin mostly drawing players from among the ‘commoners’ for a match.
In 1948 the Victoria College team from Palakkad under the captaincy of A. K. Haridas came to play a couple of matches at Ernakulam. Haridas requested K. V. Kelappan Thampuran, the first secretary of the Kerala Cricket Association and the driving force behind the game in Tripunithura, if they could play a match at Tripunithura.
By then Princes’ Club had a team and the then Dewan Sir C. G. Herber,
himself a cricketer, gave the club land where matches could be played. Thus on an uneven patch of ground, on an improvised pitch, perhaps
with no strict dress code, the first game was played. This ground was later developed into the historic Palace Oval.
No one then would have ever imagined that this uneven patch of ground would become the venue of the Pooja Cricket Tournament, which finds mention in the history of the country, perhaps even the world, for the first-ever limited-over tournament. The first tournament was held in 1951.

Legendary Indian cricketers who have their names etched in gold in the pantheon of cricket have played in this tournament. Listing out the names would be like a roster of Indian greats. The small ground, short boundaries, the large, friendly, supportive crowds that thronged the ground, the wall-sitters who braved the sun and occasional rain to cheer their favourite sides, have always encouraged the stars. Many of them have gone on record of this unbelievable experience.
Some of the stars felt that the tournament needed to evolve with the times. Former Indian skipper K. Srikkanth once commented that a turf wicket would make this tournament more attractive. The Tripunithura Cricket Club has taken all these suggestions seriously. Now the tournament, the first one in the State, is being conducted on turf wickets.

Itís more than sixty years, sixty unbroken years. The tournament is a much-looked forward fixture.
The club has produced a long list of excellent cricketers down the years who have represented the various State and university sides. It has contributed able cricket administrators and officials who have left their indelible imprint on the game in the State.
Today the club has grown in terms of membership and events. A full-fledged indoor cricket facility has come up at the Palace Oval. The annual summer coaching camps have helped budding cricketers find their feet in this great game. Apart from cricket games like shuttle badminton, snooker and table tennis are played here. The club is actively involved in various social and cultural activities of the town.
At a time when times are changing, memorials, edifices have fallen by the wayside. Time has stood still, sustained and fostered the game at Tripunithura Cricket Club