IND v AUS: DDCA could be denied use of Old Clubhouse for ODI

The ODI between India and Australia is scheduled for March 13, two days before the ongoing Public Interest Litigation, filed against the “illegal structure” at the Kotla, comes up for its next hearing.

The fifth and final ODI between India and Australia will be held at the Ferozeshah Kotla. Photo: R. V. Moorthy

Going by the looks of it, the Ferozeshah Kotla ground is going to host an international match without getting to make optimum use of the Old Clubhouse.

The fifth and final One-day International (ODI) between India and Australia is scheduled for March 13, two days before the ongoing Public Interest Litigation (PIL), filed against the “illegal structure” at the Kotla, comes up for its next hearing.

It may be recalled that status quo has remained after last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) matches were held at the Kotla ground where only the broadcasters were allowed entry into the Old Clubhouse.

Unauthorised

In 2016, Mr. N. C. Bakshi had made an application in the Delhi High Court claiming that the R. P. Mehra block was unauthorised as it was built without any sanctioned plan. He also pleaded that the structure be demolished since it was a threat to public safety and human life.

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The recent demise of Mr. Bakshi and the non-appearance of the person holding the Power of Attorney (given by Mr. Bakshi) at the last hearing, made the Court schedule the next hearing on March 15.

This clearly leaves the DDCA with no choice but to forego the use of about 1,500 seats, and the Corporate Boxes in the Old Clubhouse for the ODI. If the impasse continues, the upcoming IPL matches will also face a similar fate for the renamed home franchisee, Delhi Capitals.