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No home advantage for Delhi this Ranji Trophy season?

Delhi will enjoy no home advantage even while playing at home this Ranji Trophy season, at least in their first home match, reports Subhash Rajta.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2009 00:02 IST
Subhash Rajta

Delhi will enjoy no home advantage even while playing at home this Ranji Trophy season, at least in their first home match.

The former champions will take on Karnataka in their second match - their first on home turf - at the Palam grounds instead of the Ferozeshah Kotla. Worse, it’s not certain if they would play any of their remaining matches at the Kotla.

"We have decided to play the first match at Palam grounds, but we haven’t decided on the venue for the remaining home matches as of now," said Chetan Chauhan, chairman, selection committee.

Explaining the reasons behind the decision, he said the wicket was keeping low and they were in the process of growing fresh grass on it. "These are some of the reasons why we have decided to shift the first match," he said.

The decision is not likely to go down well with the players. "I think every team wants to play their matches on their ground to use home advantage. If the matches are held in Palam, it will be as good as an away game for us," said one of the Delhi players.

Besides, the facilities at the Palam grounds, as one witnessed during the recently concluded T20 North Zone tournament, also aren’t exactly top notch.