ICC World Twenty20: Feroz Shah Kotla likely to retain first semifinal

first_imgIn a breather for the Feroz Shah Kotla, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has reportedly objected against moving the first semi-final scheduled for March 30 out of New Delhi. Earlier on Sunday, the Kotla had appeared to be in danger of losing out on the semi-final after the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) failed to reach a conclusion regarding sale of tickets at the RP Mehra Block, which was the old clubhouse. (Cloud over Feroz Shah Kotla as semifinal venue)  The ICC and BCCI were worried that the ground would wear a near-empty look if the DDCA failed to tickets for 1,800 seats in the RP Mehra block. Besides, permission was not granted to install hoardings in front of the stands. These restrictions were ordered by the Delhi High Court. The High Court will hear the DDCA matter tomorrow. The Indian board and ICC soon got involved in discussions for an alternate venue and Bangalore emerged to be a strong choice. However, after some deliberation, the ICC is now completely against changing venues at the eleventh hour. Top ICC sources told India Today that it would be unfair for some teams if the semi-final was taken out of Delhi at this point. South Africa play their final league match against Sri Lanka at the Kotla next Monday (March 28). If the semi-final is relocated, the Proteas would have to travel on the 29th and play again on the 30th. Several international fans would also be inconvenienced if they were forced to change their travel plans with barely a week left for the semi-finals to start.advertisementlast_img read more