DDCA chief Chetan Chauhan insists Kotla will host World T20 games

New Delhi, Feb. 09 (ANI): As Ferozshah Kotla’s hopes of hosting next month’s ICC World Twenty20 games hang by a thread, Delhi and District Cricket Association acting president Chetan Chauhan on Tuesday expressed confidence that the iconic stadium will host its allotted games of the pinnacle event.

“World T20 games will be held for sure, absolutely. Everything is in place. We are thankful to South Delhi Municipal Corporation. They have set one condition that we need to pay Rs. 50 lakh as security amount. They passed a resolution yesterday in the standing committee, giving us 20 days to complete the pending work,” Chauhan told reporters after the DDCA withdrew its plea from Delhi High Court seeking occupancy certificate from SDMC to hold the matches.

The high court also ruled that matches would not be possible under ‘unsafe’ circumstances. However, former Indian cricketer Chauhan insisted that the host association wouldn’t compromise with any safety measure in their bid to complete remaining works within the deadline.

“We have assured the court that we will not compromise with any safety and security measures. We will get everything done in two weeks time. We will have the permanent occupation certificate in place,” Chauhan added.

Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had earlier admitted that the governing body had received DDCA’s request for additional time but added that it was up to the International Cricket Council to take a call on that matter.

Delhi is scheduled to host four matches in the World T20, including the first semi-final. (ANI)

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