World T20: Consult ICC over hosting semifinal at Kotla; High Court tells DDCA

first_imgThe Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to talk to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and get the clearance to host the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20, scheduled to be held on March 30.A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vibhu Bakhru also clarified to the DDCA that requisite clearances for hosting the match would be subject to the compliances and DDCA should talk to ICC about it.”We cannot control what the ICC is saying. You (DDCA) have to take it up with the ICC. You tell this to ICC. It has nothing to do with this court,” the bench told the counsel appearing for DDCA. The petition by the DDCA seeking a direction to South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to issue the certificate for the R P Mehra block had come up for hearing before Justice A K Pathak, who referred the plea to a division bench observing that DDCA’s issues are pending before it.Th DDCA had on Monday failed to get any relief from the Delhi High Court. The lack of a completion certificate for the RP Mehra block appeared to be the main hurdle for the Feroz Shah Kotla. The block has a seating capacity of 1,800.Justice Mukul Mudgal, who has been appointed by the High Court to oversee the functioning of DDCA, had asked the DDCA not to sell tickets for the R P Mehra Block. He had directed that it be used only for the broadcasters and the media.advertisementThe ICC, yesterday, had objected to shifting the semi-final clash out of the Kotla. After ticket sales were banned for what was the old clubhouse, the ICC and BCCI had got involved in discussions for an alternate venue.However, after some deliberation, the ICC was completely against changing venues at the eleventh hour. Top ICC sources told India Today that it would be unfair for some teams if the semi-final was taken out of Delhi at this point. South Africa play their final league match against Sri Lanka at the Kotla next Monday (March 28). If the semi-final is relocated, the Proteas would have to travel on the 29th and play again on the 30th.last_img

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