World T20: Fate of Semifinal at Ferozshah Kotla Uncertain

The first World T20 Super 10s match at the Feroz Shah Kotla is between Afghanistan and England on March 23.



New Delhi: The fate of the upcoming World T20 semifinal match at Ferozshah Kotla stadium is uncertain as Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Monday failed to get any relief from Delhi High Court over lack of completion certificate for its old club house. (Matches in Feroz Shah Kotla Continue to Hang in the Balance)

The petition by the cricketing body seeking a direction to South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to issue the certificate for the R P Mehra block came 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. (Delhi and District Cricket Association Assures Feroz Shah Kotla Will be Ready)

At the outset, the bench said, “I cannot allow you (DDCA) to hold matches at this stage until you get the completion certificate.”

The semi-final match is slated on March 30.

Senior advocates Sandeep Sethi and Rajiv Nayar, appearing for DDCA, said the R P Mehra block is there since 1996 and the occupancy certificate has already been issued.

Sethi said the concern was Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal’s view regarding this block due to which the International Cricket Council (ICC) is seeking clarification from the DDCA.

“Event by event, the court has directed SDMC to grant us the certificate. SDMC is not objecting to the structure (R P Mehra block). This matter deserves clarification from the court. We are aggrieved by Justice Mudgal’s letter (to BCCI).

A semi-final match is in Delhi,” he told the court.

Sethi further said “it is not the SDMC which is bothering us. It is Justice Mudgal’s view which is the problem. ICC is seeking clarifications on this from us”.

To this, the bench said, “Your R P Mehra block is not as per the sanctioned construction plan.”

Justice Mudgal, who has been appointed by the high court to oversee the functioning of DDCA, has asked the cricketing body not to sell tickets for R P Mehra block, having a capacity of around 2,000, and that it be used only for the broadcasters and the media.

Sethi referred to the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (special provisions) Second Act 2011 and said that the R P Mehra block cannot be held illegal or unauthorised since the act provides for regularisation of the structure.

DDCA’s petition is likely to come up for hearing on Tuesday before a division bench headed by Justice S Muralidhar.

Source: NDTV

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