15 June, 2021

Grounds For Concern

Are Delhi and Nagpur equipped to host World Cup ties?

Grounds For Concern
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Delhi's cricket fans will be holding their breath till New Year's eve. And for the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), it is a race against time to complete the infrastructure at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium for the World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka slated for March 2. The deadline to finish the job: December 31.

But the DDCA is not the only one giving sleepless nights to the organisers as the clock ticks away towards cricket's D-Day. The stadium collapse at Nagpur during the fourth one-day international against New Zealand on November 26, which left nine spectators dead and scores injured, has put a question mark on the Vidharbha Cricket Association as well. Nagpur is due to host the Zimbabwe-Australia tie on March 1 and it, too, has been given a December 31 deadline to get its act together.

For years, infighting in the DDCA has ensured that the Capital's cricket stadium remains far below international standards. Conditions at the Kotla grounds have gone from bad to worse and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has in the...

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