Fans of cricket in the capital could be in for disappointment with the crisis-hit Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) running out of time to get all the necessary clearances to host the World T20 and Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.
The BCCI gave the DDCA a deadline of February 12 to get all the clearances but a source close to the Delhi Daredevils has confirmed that playing their matches away from home is now a big possibility.
“We want to play in Delhi, but if they are not getting permission for the World T20, it is very much possible they won’t get permission for the IPL either. We want to play in Delhi because we have a fanbase here, but we have a fanbase in Raipur as well, although not as much in Indore, “ the source said.
“The DDCA has to get permission and give us the real picture. If they don’t, we will have to go play in Indore. The IPL has decided the venues and now we just need to wait and see where we end up playing,” the source added.
DDCA treasurer, Ravinder MAnchanda, was also hopeful that the Association may just be able to get the paperwork sorted in time.
“We are hopeful, but the MCD permissions will take at least 10-15 days. The World T20 deadline is tomorrow so we can’t do anything about that but if we get it for the IPL then we can see what can be done,” he said.