India news February 1, 2016

Delhi set to lose World T20 games

Administrative issues at the DDCA could deprive the Delhi public of World T20 and IPL games this year © BCCI

Delhi is on the verge of losing its allotted World T20 matches because the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) has been unable to resolve its longstanding issue of getting clearances from civic bodies so that the Feroz Shah Kotla can host games.

A final decision will be taken later this week after the ICC board is updated by the BCCI president Shashank Manohar, who is also the ICC chairman. Delhi was allotted four matches, including the first semi-final, by the ICC.

The DDCA was issued a deadline last weekend to get the necessary no-objection certificates by January 31, failing which the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the games would be redistributed among the other seven venues: Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mumbai, Mohali and Nagpur.

BCCI officials confirmed the DDCA had missed the deadline, and though it was hopeful of getting a ten-day extension, the BCCI officials are understood to have lost patience. "The BCCI is also losing credibility that why it has not acted against Delhi and why it is not taking decisions that need to be taken," a senior BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo. "Internally, they have reconciled that Delhi will not host any matches."

The official said that even if the BCCI granted the extension, the board was wary about DDCA getting the approvals. "They have not got it for months. They have to make changes in the ground. That is not possible."

Delhi could also be in danger of losing out hosting IPL matches for Delhi Daredevils in the upcoming season. The official said that if DDCA had struggled to get clearance for a world event despite numerous reminders and deadline, "what were the chances of getting the same for the IPL?"

The Daredevils franchise had also raised similar concerns at the IPL Governing Council meeting last month. "Delhi is the home of Delhi Daredevils and as such remains our first choice. However, considering the ongoing flux at the DDCA we have requested the BCCI to intervene and help us get clarity for us to plan ahead of the upcoming season," a Daredevils spokesperson told The Indian Express. "We believe the DDCA will be able to resolve all pending issues pertaining to Kotla soon. We will only seek alternative venues as a last resource."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Aveek on February 1, 2016, 18:23 GMT

    i agree..bengaluru should get it(cannot be hyderabad as it is clearly mentioned that an existing venue will get it)..............awesome stadium, nice oufield, and great crowd....

  • yashwanth on February 1, 2016, 18:22 GMT

    Hyderabad could have been given a chance. Why not!

  •   Rahul Jaiswal on February 1, 2016, 15:05 GMT

    Even now Hyderabad will be ignored for the World T20. Ranchi or Kanpur or Sawai Man Singh will get to host but not Hyderabad. Inspite of having 55,000 seating capacity and being a metropolitan will not factor to the BCCI. It's like Hyderabad is the untouchable city when it comes to the BCCI. Such a shame.

  • jaspreet on February 1, 2016, 14:47 GMT

    Pl allot sm to mohali, dying to see some action more at mohali

  • Paul on February 1, 2016, 14:33 GMT

    The question is, the ground was not fit when the original fixtures were dished out, why did they pick Delhi in the first place, its not as if they did not know about them then, it was only a few weeks ago! Too right the BCCI has lot credibility they knew there was a problem but still allowed this farce to carry on. We (as in fans waiting to come to India) need to know where our team is playing, beginning to wonder if it's worth going. Just make a decision and stick to it PLEASE.

  • S on February 1, 2016, 14:07 GMT

    Will be interesting to see which venue gets the semifinal - Bangalore or Mohali. Being the only venue from South India, Bangalore should be awarded the match.

  • Cricinfouser on February 1, 2016, 14:03 GMT

    please select Hyderabad as venue. We r thirsty of international matches

  • Sanjeev on February 1, 2016, 13:58 GMT

    DDCA is the worst Cricket Administration and I feel sorry for the players from Delhi... but they (DDCA) deserve to be given this treatment......Hope this will be a lesson for them.

  •   Manoj Damani on February 1, 2016, 13:35 GMT

    So sad that Delhi misses out on the action. When are they going to get their house in order? Why hasn't the BCCI taken strict action against the administration?

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