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DDCA seeks one-day deadline extn from BCCI

The uncertainty over the venue for the fourth and final cricket Test between India and South Africa continued with DDCA on Tuesday seeking a one-day extension of the deadline set by BCCI for obtaining all clearances by the state association.

The Delhi and District Cricket Administration moved High Court on Tuesday with a plea seeking a direction to South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) over issuing a provisional occupancy certificate (POC) to hold the international match at Ferozshah Kotla stadium. 

While the match is scheduled to be held from December 3 to December 7, DDCA has sought POC from December 1 to 10. The matter though will be up for hearing again on Wednesday after the court was adjourned and hence DDCA failed to meet the November 17 deadline. DDCA vice president Chetan Chauhan is still trying his level best to host the match, which may go to Pune a venue that has been kept as a back-up option by the BCCI.

“I know the deadline was till today, but the hearing in the court got extended till on Wednesday. These are things which are not in our hands. We have requested BCCI to extend the deadline till  Wednesday,” Chauhan told reporters here. The bone of contention though remains the Rs 24.45 crore in entertainment tax slapped by the government on the state body.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had formed a three-member committee to probe complaints of financial irregularities and wrong-doings in the state association and did come out with a report on Tuesday.

The panel report recommended that the BCCI should suspend DDCA and a commission of inquiry should probe the alleged irregularities in the body. Chauhan said the association has not got the required support from the government.
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