HC Postpones Decision on Feroz Shah Kotla Test

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has postponed its decision until Wednesday to determine whether Feroz Shah Kotla is allowed to host the fourth Test between India and South Africa, which commences from December 3.

Delhi government’s probe into the irregularities of the local cricket body, the DDCA, has suggested that the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) should suspend the DDCA, while confirming that this probe has nothing to do with the forthcoming India-South Africa Test in the capital next month.

DDCA had earlier approached Delhi High Court seeking its permission to let the Test be conducted at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi govt had appointed a three-member committee to initiate the probe after turning down DDCA’s request to waive the Rs 24-crore entertainment tax in order to ease the burden on the association to host the Test scheduled to start December 3.

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But the probe panel has suggested suspension of the DDCA and bringing in professional cricketers to run Delhi cricket until the BCCI can find a permanent solution. “Delhi govt should look at bringing in a law that will bring DDCA and other sport bodies under RTI,” the probe report read.

The BCCI at its Annual General Meeting had given DDCA time until November 17 (which is today) to get all the clearances required to host the Test match, failing which it will be shifted to Pune that has recently been accorded Test status.

The irregularities and internal politics in the DDCA had already cost it hosting rights of South Africa’s T20 warm-up fixture at the Feroz Shah Kotla in September, which led to the match being shifted to the Palam ground.