Logistical problems look to have abated for the DDCA as the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has provided the necessary permission certifications for the hosting of the scheduled World T20 matches at the venue.
The certifications are however conditional in that the DDCA has to fulfil the laid-out conditions put forth by the SDMC within 20 days of the certifications being granted. Following the potential issuing of the No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the SDMC on Wednesday, 10th February, it expects that the necessary repairing work to the Ferozshah Kotla will be completed within the allotted 20-day stipulation, of which only a fortnight still remains. The DDCA has meanwhile provided a security deposit of INR five million.
Both the BCCI and the Delhi Court have however issued stringent warnings to the DDCA regarding completion of the expected conditions. While after receiving the permissions from the SDMC, the DDCA withdrew its petition for clearance in the High Court, the High Court panel has however specified that if the DDCA doesn’t carry out the required revamping work within the specified time period, the matches will not be held with the conditions of the venue being deemed unsafe. It also cautioned the DDCA that no further pleas or petitions will be entertained by it regarding clearance to host the matches if the laid-out regulations weren’t adhered to.
Likewise, a BCCI official has said that with these clearances obtained by the DDCA there shouldn’t be any problem for the administrators to fulfil their side of the requirements. As such, the official also stated that the BCCI would be informing the ICC regarding these developments.
Tickets for the matches to be held at the Ferozshah Kotla haven’t been made available for the fans yet. Though they were expected to be opened for sale on the 9th February, the revised date of ticket sales could be either 13th or 14th February.