In a major setback to the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), the BCCI has chosen the MCA stadium in Pune as an alternate venue for the fourth test against South Africa. The fourth test of the Freedom Series was scheduled to take place in the national capital, but the ground does not have all the necessary clearances from the respective authorities. The BCCI has given the DDCA one week, in order to obtain the clearances, if the game is to take place in Delhi.
DDCA treasurer Ravinder Manchanda sounded optimistic and said that he was certain that the association would get the required documents before the deadline. “We need clearances from Municipal Corporation of Delhi, fire and safety, traffic, law and order, disaster management department. A structural certificate too needs to be submitted. These are routine permissions and we are confident of getting them at the earliest,” Manchanda said.
The DDCA also has to pay dues pending worth 24.45 crores to the BCCI. Manchanda also said that he was seeking the help of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in the matter. “Hosting an international Test match is a matter of pride for both DDCA and Delhi. We will do what we can to host this game. All depends on our meeting with Arvind Kejriwal. We are hopeful that everything will be sorted and DDCA, as per schedule, would host the Test and submit the necessary clearances,” said Manchanda.