New Delhi: The Indian cricket Board Secretary Anurag Thakur said on Friday that it has chalked out a “Plan B” in case the Delhi District and Cricket Association (DDCA) fails in its last-gasp bid to get clearances from authorities to stage the World Twenty20 matches.
Thakur told a news conference that the DDCA has been given a final deadline until Monday evening. With exactly a month left after that for the tournament to start, the Ferozeshah Kotla matches will then be moved to the venues kept on standby.
“We have already decided on Plan B if DDCA fails to get the required clearances and court order to host the matches. The final call will be taken a month prior to the start of World T20, which is February 8, and the sale of tickets will start on February 9,” Thakur said.
However, he said it appeared only a court intervention would enable Kotla to host the matches as it was not easy to get more than 30 clearances from various departments in such a short time.
According to sources, the BCCI has even blocked flight tickets for the alternate cities in case the matches have to be moved. The DDCA has only one working day (Monday) to get all clearances and satisfy the court as well as the BCCI.
Thakur said the BCCI would wait till the deadline expired before announcing the new venues. The issue was also discussed during the International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings held at its headquarters in Dubai this week.
The DDCA is scheduled to host ten matches in the World T20, both in the men’s and women’s sections.
Last month, the BCCI shifted the February 12 T20 tie between India and Sri Lanka from Delhi to Ranchi after the DDCA failed to get the requisite clearances from civic authorities for hosting the tie.