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Delhi's Kotla Ground Back As International Venue

Guangzhou: The Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the Indian capital of New Delhi was re-instated as an international cricket venue on Tuesday after a pitch fiasco last December.  The International Cricket Council had suspended the Kotla

PTI [ Updated: November 23, 2010 21:04 IST ]
delhi s kotla ground back as international venue
delhi s kotla ground back as international venue

Guangzhou: The Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the Indian capital of New Delhi was re-instated as an international cricket venue on Tuesday after a pitch fiasco last December.  


The International Cricket Council had suspended the Kotla from hosting Test and one-day matches after poor pitch conditions had forced a one-dayer against Sri Lanka to be abandoned on December 27.  

The ICC said the Kotla was fit to hold matches again, including four fixtures of the World Cup next February-March, after the newly-laid wickets were inspected by its pitch consultant Andy Atkinson.  

"We are pleased with the remedial work carried out." said ICC general manager (cricket) David Richardson, a former South African wicket-keeper.  

"With the playing surfaces now back to the standard expected for international matches, the Ferozshah Kotla stadium will be re-instated as an international venue from January 1, 2011."  

The one-dayer in December was called off after 23.3 overs due to what match referee Alan Hurst said was a "dangerous" wicket as the ball rose alarmingly after pitching or kept low.  

The Kotla has been holding domestic matches since last month. AFP
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