The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), the cricketing authority of the capital state, is set to hear their fate of their bid to host World T20 matches at the Delhi High Court on Monday. But the DDCA is unlikely to receive any respite as reaching out to the court had proved futile earlier as the court refused any help before they obtain the necessary clearances from various offices such as South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Urban Art Commission and Land and Development Office.
The DDCA had been unable to get the necessary permissions in the past too, but managed to get temporary reprieve from courts to stage the India-South Africa Test that took place in December last year at its Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.The court had appointed Justice Retd Mukul Mudgal as the observer for the game.
Things, however, has not been going DDCA’s way of late. Recently, the state body was to forced to inform the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the BCCI, of their inability to host the T20 match between India and Sri Lanka, scheduled to be held on February 12. The match has now been shifted to Ranchi. There are doubts over Delhi Daredevils’ home matches in the IPL as well.
Due to DDCA’s lackadaisical approach towards getting clearances and due to strict observation cricket administration is under in general since the Justice (Retd) Mudgal panel report, the BCCI was in no mood for any leniency and had set January 31 as the deadline to confirm if DDCA had procured the rights to host the world event. Failing to do so, BCCI secretary, Anurag Thakur, had more or less confirmed that the Board had began looking into alternate venues, and might reshuffle the ten World T20 games accordingly. The Kotla stadium is scheduled to host four men’s and six women’s T20 games, including the first semifinal.
The DDCA, however, managed to convince the BCCI and got an extension on the deadline till February 8, that is Monday. Besides this, the DDCA also went to court to get a temporary go ahead to host the matches, the hearing of which is also scheduled for Monday. The association had paid a fee of Rs83 lakh to L&DO and procured a NOC from them. Permissions are, however, awaited from the SDMC and DUAC, which could only be given after DDCA completes the pending work at the Kotla.
The association’s treasurer, Ravinder Manchanda confirmed to HT that an MCD inspection was on at the Kotla stadium since 9 am Monday, and the DDCA is hopeful that the concerned government departments will help and expedite the process. “We are now going to the court for help. We know that the court had earlier refused to help us but this time we have a NOC from the L&DO and we hope that the SDMC and DUAC will provide us permissions as we are completing the requirements in the stadium,” he said.
Manchanda though is keeping hope against hope. “If the court agrees to help us, I am sure the BCCI too will give us more extension to get the permissions,” he added.