Kotla Test: Justice Mudgal to submit report to Delhi HC

In a statement issued on Monday, Justice Mudgal said he would submit a detailed report to the Delhi High Court about the match and the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) particularising the several challenges which need to be overcome by the time the next match is played in Delhi.

Justice Mukul Mudgal has thanked the die-hard cricket fans of Delhi for their support during the Kotla Test.   -  Rohit Jain Paras

Justice Mukul Mudgal, who was assigned by the Delhi High Court to oversee the conduct of the fourth Test between India and South Africa at the Feroze Shah Kotla here, thanked all stakeholders for the successful conduct of the match.

In a statement issued on Monday, Justice Mudgal said he would submit a detailed report to the Delhi High Court about the match and the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) particularising the several challenges which need to be overcome by the time the next match is played in Delhi.

Justice Mudgal wholeheartedly thanked the 40,000 school children for their ‘full throated support’ over the last five days. Their presence created a magical atmosphere and attracted more spectators. The Delhi administration deserves full credit for ensuring a smooth transport and management of the children.

“There were issues about feeding the children due to security concerns but I am sure that advanced planning can ensure that arrangements are better on the next occasion. I would be happy if the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), which has already done so in Bengaluru and Nagpur, ensures that all Test centres allow school kids free entry.”

Justice Mudgal expressed regret for the avoidable inconvenience caused to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi administration and the cricketers due to the cancellation of a felicitation function.

Thanking the die-hard cricket fans of Delhi for their support, Justice Mudgal said, “They had to face several difficulties and I hope in the next match a satisfactory procedure is evolved so that fan comfort is maximised.”

Justice Mudgal also expressed gratitude to his associates Nitin Mishra, Vidushpat Singhania, Mitali Gupta and Akanksha Rastogi and a select group of DDCA officials — including Salil Seth, Siddharth Sahib Verma, Vikas Katyal, Subhash Sharma and Suresh Chopra — for working tirelessly to make the match a success. He also thanked former deputy CAG of India, I. P. Singh, “who worked determinedly to control the finances and supervise the tender process so as to make the match a financial success.”

The law enforcement authorities have fully cooperated though some difficulties need to be eliminated, he emphasised.

Justice Mudgal thanked Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva, the match officials and the mediapersons for their cooperation.