Kotla pitch passes test, plays firm during SA-Windies match

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 00:09 AM IST

New Delhi: The local organisers of the Cricket World Cup here on Thursday heaved a sigh of relief after the re-laid Feroze Shah Kotla strip played firm and passed the test of the rigours of the South Africa-West Indies match.

The stadium stood disgraced as an India-Sri Lanka ODI in 2009 was abandoned because of a “dangerous” pitch, which not only brought an embarrassing end to the series but also put a question mark over its stature as an international venue.

But the Kotla strip on Thursday played like any other Indian pitch without any apparent problems during the group B encounter of the World Cup to the relief of DDCA officials, who have been anxious for the last few days.

The track was a virtual minefield in December 2009 as the Sri Lankan batsmen, unlucky to be asked to bat first, fended for life as odd balls reared up alarmingly, following which the venue was banned by ICC for a year.

The stadium hosted a few local games, including the 2010 Indian Premier League, after being relaid.