BCCI to take stock of DDCA preparations for WT20 in Kotla

Kotla is scheduled to host four matches of the World T20 including the semifinal. It will also host six games of the Women’s World T20.

A view of the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Ground in New Delhi. (File picture)   -  The Hindu

With uncertainty prevailing over World T20 matches at the Feroz Shah Kotla, the BCCI will take stock of the stadium’s preparations on March 8 after the Delhi High Court dismissed the troubled DDCA’s restoration plea seeking NOC from the Municipal Corporation.

“We will have a meeting with the DDCA officials on March 8 and we will take stock of the situation. As far as BCCI is concerned, the matches in Delhi are on,” said BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur when asked about the road ahead for DDCA after the High Court rejected its plea yesterday.

A bench of Chief Justice Gv Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw dismissed DDCA’s application to restore its 1997 petition seeking NOC from SDMC for the stadium which was denied ASI clearance. Kotla is scheduled to host four matches of the World T20 including the semifinal besides six games of the Women’s World T20.

Ticket sales for WT20

Thakur also said that close to 45,000 tickets have been sold online for the non-India matches. The ticket sales for the ICC event began on February 24.

The BCCI also concluded the random draw of the lottery system for all the four India matches, the semifinals (men and women) and the final (men and women) of the mega event.

“Around 5,69,000 online registrations were made for the lottery draw process. The India versus Pakistan match saw around 2,02,000 online registrations,” said Thakur.

The lucky winners will be sent the notification by email and SMS and will be given 48 hours to complete the transaction online and secure the tickets failing which the tickets will be reintroduced in the random draw to identify the next applicant.

Asked about the delay in the ticket selling process, Thakur added: “Look at the capacity of stadiums in India and the requirement, it is already ten times more. So there is just online requirement. If you look at the situation on the ground, there are thousands of people who are waiting to buy physical tickets.”

The respective state association will decide the number of tickets it wants to sell online and through physical counters.