ICC has approved Feroz Shah Kotla to be reinstated as international playground. The venue can host international match from January 1, 2010. After one year’s suspension the field will be alive again. ICC suspended the international status of the venue in December 2009 over a pitch fiasco made for a one day match between India and Sri Lanka.
After the approval of ICC the remedial works are running in full swing. ICC General Manager Cricket, David Richardson expressed his satisfaction over the remedial activities and hoped that they would prepare the surface to the mark of international standard.
“Yes, the DDCA has been informed verbally by the BCCI that ICC has lifted the ban on Ferozeshah Kotla stadium. We will be getting the written report tomorrow,” DDCA secretary Sneh Bansal said.
The suspension of the venue dimmed the expectation of India to become the host of the coming World Cup Cricket to be held next year. Now the withdrawal of the suspension brings back their opportunity to become the host.
Four matches of World Cup Cricket are expected to be held in Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. The first match is on 14 February between South Africa and West Indies.