Problems have started knocking anew for the DDCA, which is scheduled to host the second T20 between India and Sri Lanka on the 12th February.
The DDCA is yet to get the necessary clearance permissions from governmental authorities to host the match and the BCCI has issued a written deadline to the DDCA administrators. According to the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, the DDCA authorities had until Wednesday, 27th January to get the necessary permission. If the DDCA failed to meet this deadline, the T20 would then be moved to any of the three proposed alternate venues. The three venues thus under consideration are Hyderabad, Kanpur and Ranchi.
On its part, the DDCA has provided assurance that the necessary permissions would be obtained by it over the coming two days. DDCA treasurer Ravinder Manchanda stated that there were delays on account of 26th January being a national holiday and that the same would be duly conveyed to the BCCI by way of an email.
This is the second time that such a problem has cropped up for the DDCA. Earlier, the Delhi High Court had to step in asking the Delhi Municipal Corporation to grant the necessary permission, on an interim basis, to hold the fourth test between India and South Africa in December 2015.
The DDCA is also facing administrative problems, and financial woes regarding settling its dues. Currently, the DDCA is being administratively overseen by Justice Mukul Mudgal, who was directed by the Delhi High Court to monitor the administrative aspects of the cricket authority with a view to grant it permanent permissions to hold cricket matches.
Sri Lanka is due to tour India for a three-match T20 series beginning 9th February. The first match is to be held in Pune, the second in Delhi and the final T20, on the 14th February, in Vizag.