The Feroz Shah Kotla ground has lost its World Twenty20 matches as well as its IPL fixtures due to the inability of the Delhi cricket association to set its house in order and get various clearances from the local authorities.
It is learnt from sources that the BCCI has officially informed the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).
“Yes, I can say there will be no World T20 and IPL matches at the Kotla,” a key BCCI official told HT on Thursday.
However, DDCA’s acting president Chetan Chauhan maintained that his association was yet to get a response on the permissions sought. “So far, we are organising the matches. I don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. We have applied for all permissions and we are waiting for clearances. But we don’t know when we are going to have those,” he said.
The DDCA failed to get the requisite clearances from various civic authorities to host the February 12 Twenty20 tie between India and Sri Lanka, following which the Board shifted the tie to Ranchi. The DDCA unsuccessfully petitioned the Delhi high court, which had told it while clearing the South Africa Test in December that in future it will have to settle all outstanding issues before seeking clearance.
The DDCA was scheduled to host ten matches in the World T20, both in the men’s and women’s sections.
The uncertainty has also affected IPL team Delhi Daredevils and the BCCI is in no mood to take any risk. The BCCI secretary, Anurag Thakur, had recently told HT: “We have given the DDCA deadline till January 31. We can’t afford to extend it as we can’t go against the ICC guidelines. Since it is a world event, there are a number of things that need to be managed much in advance. If the DDCA fails to get the permissions, we will have to decide 2-3 venues and divide the WT20 games accordingly.”
Raipur and Indore are the options before Daredevils to play their home matches.