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Delhi’s remaining Ranji Trophy games likely to be played at Ferozeshah Kotla

The Ferozshah Kotla is likely to host Delhi's final two Ranji Trophy matches against Punjab and Karnataka respectively © Getty Images
The Ferozshah Kotla is likely to host Delhi’s final two Ranji Trophy matches against Punjab and Karnataka respectively © Getty Images

New Delhi: Dec 15, 2013

 

The Sports Committee of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) are all set to shift Delhi‘s final two Ranji Trophy encounters against Punjab and Karnataka respectively at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium even as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief curator Daljeet Singh came for a recee of Roshanara ground on Sunday.

 

Although Daljeet refrained from making any comments as per strict BCCI guidelines, it is widely believed that the 28-minute stoppage on Saturday might have prompted BCCI to send him to have a look at the strip. With Delhi batsmen on a run-feast, the chief curator won’t have much complaints.

 

But the Sports Committee led by its convenor Dr Ahmed Tameem have already issued a written statement on Saturday expressing their displeasure at the matches being not held at Kotla which had won the BCCI award for having the best cricket pitch last season.

 

The stoppage after a Vidarbha batsman got injured has provided them with a shot in the arm and even Delhi’s 448 for nine on the same track hasn’t changed their stance which is seen as three-way ego tussle between the team, selectors and newly formed sports committee.

 

“There is a meeting in two days’ time and we would ask the selection committee as to why they have preferred playing at Roshanara when we have an international ground? In all likelihood, the last two home matches will be held at the Kotla,” Sports Committee member Anil Passi said on the sidelines of the Delhi versus Vidarbha Ranji Trophy game.

 

“The decision of the venue is not selection committee or players’ prerogative. It is decided by the Sports Committee,” Passi said.

 

It is also widely believed that Navdeep Saini, the 21-year-old pacer, who made his Ranji Trophy debut amidst protests from none other than legendary Bishan Singh Bedi, might see his selection come under scanner.

 

Navdeep is from Haryana and has not played any cricket in Delhi, but Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir liked him at the nets and blooded him directly in a First-Class game.

 

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