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Facing Suspension? Delhi Cricket Fights to Save Kotla Test

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), in a last ditch effort to keep the fourth Test between India and South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla, have decided to knock on High Court's doors. The Commissioner Excise Entertainment tax, on Monday, refused to pass an order after DDCA appealed to keep the entertainment tax in abeyance till the match is over.

However, there is more trouble in store for the DDCA. According to reports, the Kejriwal-appointed committee has called for the suspension of the the Delhi State Cricket body and has recommended that the cricket body be run by professional cricketers.

The government appointed panel also suggested that Delhi's cricketing body should be brought under the RTI and also allow the Justice Lodha committee to set the rules for the DDCA.

In October this year, the Delhi government had directed the DDCA to pay Rs 24.45 crores in entertainment taxes. The order was made under the provisions of the Delhi Entertainments and Betting Tax Act of 1996.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, however has warned that if the DDCA fail to host the Test, then the rights to host matches in the 2016 World Twenty20 will also be taken away from Kotla.

Delhi and District Cricket Association officials along with advocate Sangram Patnaik will go to High Court on Tuesday.

DDCA officials had met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal who has agreed to keep the issue of entertainment tax in abeyance. The decision will be taken after the match at Kotla from December 3. DDCA has written a letter to the BCCI to release their funds.

 

 

We are in the process of organising everything and I am positive about the deadline. We are in the process of getting all the clearances. We are in touch with government officials and hopefully things will be resolved

 

DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan had told PTI.

Source - NDTV



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