DDCA:Kotla to be ready by September
The DDCA chiefs promise that the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi will be ready by September for the ODI World Cup 2011. ICC officials had an inspection in February and concluded that Kotla might lose the World Cup if the Stadium was not updated.
Let me make it clear that there is no such danger for Kotla and the ground would be ready to host international matches by September 1,” SP Bansal, the DDCA secretary, told PTI, adding that the DDCA was yet to receive a copy of Atkinson’s report.
Atkinson, ICC Consultant said:-
“It is crucial that any deviation from the agreed programme is discussed before action is taken because, in the end, if the project is unsuccessful the buck will not only stop with the DDCA and Mr.Sundaram [who oversees the repair work], but It will stop on my doorstep as well,” Atkinson said.
Bansal was surprised by the contents of Atkinson’s report. “First thing I don’t know why he made such remarks. He visited the ground some 10 days back and was 100% satisfied with the progress made. Now I don’t know what happened subsequently to change his views so dramatically,” he said.
There has been delay in the renovation of the Stadium but it is promised to be done before September for the World Cup.
Earlier, Kotla received a ban for one year after the Indo- Lanka game.