Kotla may escape long ban‎

Published: Friday, January 8, 2010, 10:58 [IST]
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Kotla may escape long ban‎

New Delhi: ICC has given fresh lease of life to disgraced Feroz Shah Kotla as it was not favour of banning the venue for a very long period .

The Ferozeshah Kotla stood disgraced after the fifth and final India-Sri Lanka ODI was abandoned following visiting captain Kumar Sangakkara's refusal to play on a dangerous pitch, raising the possibility of the venue being banned for a minimum of one year.

The pitch fiasco has cast a shadow of uncertainty over Delhi's prospects of hosting 2011 World Cup matches. But, ICC president David Morgan on Thursday stated that World Cup matches in India would be 'poor' if there aren't any matches played at the capital.

"I am not at all sure that such a ban would be appropriate in this case. It's not our desire that a pitch in an important city like New Delhi should be banned for a lengthy period," Morgan told a TV channel.

"The World Cup would be poorer without matches being hosted in New Delhi," he said.

Morgan, however, assured that an appropriate decision would be taken in this regard by the expert panel of ICC which is looking into the matter.

"You can be sure that an appropriate decision will be made by two expert people on the subject. The ICC has written to the BCCI and it has two weeks from receiving our letter to respond," he said.


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