IPL 7: Delhi High Court clears way for Ferozeshah Kotla matches

New Delhi: May 1, 2014

Clearing the way for the hosting of IPL matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, the Delhi High Court Thursday directed the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to give a provisional occupancy certificate to the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) for the event.

A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Manmohan also directed the DDCA to submit INR 50 lakh to the SDMC for clearance of property tax dues. The court’s direction came on the plea by the DDCA seeking provisional occupancy certificate to hold five IPL matches at the stadium. The first match of Delhi Daredevils (DD) will be held May 3.

Ferozeshah Kotla © Getty Images

Ferozeshah Kotla © Getty Images

The court, however, imposed a condition saying the DDCA will get the certificate only after procuring a no objection certificate for the stadium from the fire department and assistant electrical inspector. It further asked the DDCA to submit an affidavit stating that it will be held accountable if any untoward incident takes place due to non-compliance with any statutory norms by it.


Dharamshala gets ready for IPL matches

Dharamshala: Even as Dharamshala is getting ready for the Indian Premier League matches on May 17 and 19 when Kings XI Punjab will take on Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils, respectively, but the entire focus is to host its first international ODI match early next year.

Dharamshala was approved of hosting ODI by the ICC recently and the president of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), Anurag Thakur said that the focus is on India-England match, scheduled to be held in January 2013.

“Our entire focus is now on India-England one-dayer to be staged here early next year,” said Thakur. He also added, the IPL experience had convinced the association that they were capable of hosting international games.

Dharamshala has hosted a number of IPL matches over the past couple of years, serving as the second home for the Kings XI Punjab franchise. This is the third season of IPL and the city has got a facelift with roads being relaid and around 1500 police personnels deployed for the upcoming matches.

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Delhi gets court permission to host IPL 5 matches

New Delhi: Clearing the way for the hosting of IPL 5 matches at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium here, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) to give a provisional occupancy certificate to the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) for the high-profile event. A bench of Justices BD Ahmed and Veena Birbal, which had earlier asked the civic agency to allow the DDCA to hold an IPL fixture on April 10 in the stadium, extended the relief for the entire tournament.

The re-constructed stadium is the home ground for Delhi Daredevils who are scheduled to play eight out of 16 IPL matches here. However, the non-issuance of the occupancy certificate by the MCD due to non-fulfilling of certain formalities by the DDCA was coming in the way. Later, the High Court asked the civic body to give a provisional certificate for the hosting of a match on April 10.

During the hearing, the counsel for the DDCA told the court that the administrator had procured a No Objection Certificate (NoC) from the Fire Department and Structural Stability certificate. Regarding the non-furnishing of an NoC from the Electrical Department, the counsel assured the court that the DDCA may be held accountable if any untoward incident takes place because of electricity-related faults.

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Glittering opening ceremony for new Pune stadium

Pune: Pune Warriors franchisee owner Sahara India Pariwar hosted a grand opening ceremony ahead of their first home match against Kings XI Punjab at the new Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on Sunday.

Bollywood divas, including Preity Zinta, Jacqueline Fernandes, Dia Mirza, Neha Dhupia, Prachi Desai, Sameera Reddy, Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra, performed in the ceremony. The inauguration was conducted by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Subrata Roy Sahara, managing worker and chairman of Sahara India Pariwar.

Bachchan said, “Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium is not just a cricket stadium but a world-class hi-tech stadium which is built with a unique blend of art and technology, human mind and machine, dream and reality, and passion and dedication. In this stadium the warriors of today will show their might and the warriors of future will get trained.”

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Pune IPL stadium set for roll-out

Pune: Pune Warriors India will finally get to play at home this Indian Premier League as the Rs 260-crore Gahunje cricket stadium – just 20kms from the city – is set to be inaugurated here on Sunday. Located at Gahunje, the stadium will be the home ground of PWI, led by former India captain Sourav Ganguly, and is scheduled to host their the first match on April 8.

Built and owned by Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA), the Gahunje stadium, with a capacity of 45,000, will be the venue of as many as nine IPL matches this season. “The first phase of the stadium is ready to host the IPL matches when Pune Warriors India will take on eight other teams at their home ground for the first time. A total of nine matches will be played in the new stadium as Pune has also got a chance to host one play-off match between the first-placed team and second-placed team on May 22,” Ajay Shirke, the MCA president, said.

Shirke said PWI captain Ganguly had already visited the stadium with other team members for practice. Highlighting the features of the stadium, he described it as an “architectural wonder” designed by the renowned Sir Michael Hopkins. One of the most important aspects of the stadium is stated to be its drainage system.

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