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Kotla in ‘red’ over WC prep; might lose hosting rights

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: The troubled Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium was in controversy again owing to its pitch as it was learnt that the ICC has given it a ‘red’ rating. The fallout of this development could come in the form of the venue losing its hosting rights for the upcoming ODI World Cup in 2011.

The ICC pitch consultant responsible for certifying World Cup venues, Andy Atkinson, blasted the DDCA for its inept handling of the reform works on the pitch and gave it the worst rating possible by ICC standards during a recent inspection.

This comes after the India-Sri Lanka match at Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi was called off due to ‘unfit’ pitch in December 2009. Even at that time, the venue was almost excluded from the status of an international venue but the BCCI managed to get the ban reduced so that the capital could host the World Cup matches.

The ICC had even given a list of suggestions to the managers of the ground, DDCA, about what all was required to be done to make it a venue fit for international cricket. However, almost a year down the line, officials from DDCA has not done anything in this regard and hosted the IPL matches that were tailor made for making runs and not maintain international standards.

The renovation work of the stadium and more importantly the pitch has been delayed many a times and the callous attitude of DDCA is evident from the fact that instead of making amends, they have even hosted some local events in the near future.

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