India news January 29, 2016

Sri Lanka T20I moved from Delhi to Ranchi

ESPNcricinfo staff

Delhi will not be hosting the second T20I against Sri Lanka © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) has informed the BCCI that it will not be able to host the the second Twenty20 international between India and Sri Lanka. The match, scheduled to be played on February 12, has been shifted to Ranchi, one of the venues on the BCCI shortlist.

Last week, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had sent DDCA a stern email asking them get the requisite clearances from the various civic authorities necessary in order to host the match. Despite getting an extended deadline and approaching the Delhi High Court seeking its intervention, the DDCA struggled to obtain the clearances.

The DDCA wanted the court to ask the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to provide the provisional occupancy certificate. However, the court, which had facilitated the conduct of the fourth Test between India and Sri Lanka in the first week of December, refused the relief sought by the DDCA on this occasion.

"We have informed the BCCI today that we will not be able to get the clearance from MCD in time after complying to norms," Chetan Chauhan, DDCA acting president, told PTI. " We told the BCCI officials that we will have all the compliance certificates ready for World T20, but it will not be possible to get clearance before February 12 and then get clearances from state's fire and electrical department."

While Chauhan remained confident that the prevailing situation would not hinder the DDCA hosting the World T20 matches in March, Thakur said the Association needed the required clearances before January 31.

"As far as the World Cup is concerned, the World Cup management committee has met today and has also discussed the issue of DDCA," Thakur said. "They have given a deadline of January 31, 5 o clock, to come out with the required NOCs - the required permissions from various departments - so that they can continue as a host of the World Cup matches.

"If they are unable to do so by 31st evening, then the BCCI will shift those matches to the seven other remaining venues."

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  • Paul on January 30, 2016, 18:32 GMT

    Yes we have booked flights from London to Delhi and also Hotel, this is absolutely ridiculous.

  •   Tharindu Vishwanath on January 30, 2016, 11:16 GMT

    This is bit scary news for me personally as I am planning to come to India to watch 2 Delhi matches that Sri Lanka play on 26th and 28th March. Hopefully Delhi would be able to host those matches.

  • Jan on January 30, 2016, 1:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka is sending a b side from their already inexperience squad.

  • Cricinfouser on January 29, 2016, 19:18 GMT

    Shame on DDCA. politics only plays an important role than cricket.

  • Prateek on January 29, 2016, 17:38 GMT

    Alright so we have at least one excuse now for not putting the tickets on sale and the excuse is that schedule can still change with matches in Delhi are not firm. What a mess BCCI has made of this World T20. Instead of learning lessons from 2011 world cup semi and finals ticketing fiasco, they have gone further in other direction. Unfortunately nothing that ICC can since BCCI is ICC at the moment.

  • Steve on January 29, 2016, 17:28 GMT

    Delhi is the capital of India which is the most powerful country in the 3rd world shaping world economics, no less. How come DDCA hasn't been fixed for years, so much so that one it's most famous son and an all time India great, Shewag, chose to play for another state in the twilight of his playing career? Shame on DDCA officials and their politics! They must get their act together.

  •   SriKanth Sai on January 29, 2016, 15:09 GMT

    Bcci plz recognize Hyderabad as metropolitan city.also recognize it has a world class stadium not a ground with mud.the last odi here was india vs Sri Lanka .test match i don't even remember .enough of putting matches in small towns like ranchi,dharmasala,Mohali..

  •   Krishna Tej Dasari on January 29, 2016, 14:27 GMT

    Surely DDCA will not get NOC's by 31st evening 5'o clock.Then the matches will shift to Hyderabad I think so.

  • Piyush on January 29, 2016, 14:02 GMT

    I wish Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh comes in to the radar of BCCI soon. We here have 45000+ capacity stadium with one of the best facilities in India.

  • Mohit on January 29, 2016, 14:01 GMT

    It's ok,though im a delhiite, guests safety and comfort is paramount. If the can't obtain NOC from fire n electric departments, they can't hold a match there simple as that

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