Delhi & Districts Cricket Association's (DDCA) Ferozshah Kotla could lose a chance of hosting World Cup game, after ICC's pitch expert Atkinson raised serious concern on its progress.
The pitch was given red rating and the ICC had placed certain rehabilitation plan for the pitch but the DDCA has not been able to follow it on time.
In December 2009, the India-Sri Lanka match at Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi was called off due to 'unfit" pitch, and was almost banned from the status of an international venue. Kotla"s World Cup bid was in danger.
ICC"s pitch consultant, Andy Atkinson had given the pitch a 'red rating' and suggested a number of measures to develop the Kotla pitch according to the World Cup standards. The renovation work was bound to begin on 19th April, 2010. But DDCA"s intervention in the matter let to the delay of the renovation work by 28 days.
After the final round of IPL matches on the ground, DDCA insisted on playing local matches, ignoring the fact that Kotla could be ripped off its status as an international venue. This led to the delay of the renovation work.
ICC"s pitch consultant, Andy Atkinson was quoted by The Hindustan Times newspaper saying that he was disappointed with the developments, claiming that these were different to the ones which were agreed upon.
“I advised caution on attempting to play matches too soon on pitches that have not had sufficient time to settle." added Andy Atkinson.
Atkinson also claimed that only 'Chemical Methods" could be used to get rid of weeds, but was “surprised to find several large areas of the ground had been excavated and large craters left in the outfield."