Azad bowls a beamer at DDCA

NEW DELHI: Member of Parliament and former cricketer Kirti Azad has demanded withdrawal of permission to the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to hold the Indian Premier League matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla.

Delhi Daredevils plays Mumbai Indians in the first match on March 17.

In a letter to Lt. Governor of Delhi, Tajendra Khanna, he has brought to his notice the norms flouted by the DDCA, which had only been granted ‘conditional approval' by the Municipal Corporation of India (MCD) to stage matches at the Kotla.

Citing the incident of the India-Sri Lanka match at the Kotla on December 27, 2009, Azad said, “even a cursory glance shows the abrasive manner in which some officials of the MCD function, without any regard to safety, norms or rules of governance.”

Listing the conditions set by the MCD and bringing to notice some flaws in construction, Azad claimed, “It is interesting to note that the DDCA did not comply with any of the conditions imposed by the MCD for the December 27 match.

Safety concern

“It should not happen (for IPL) that conditional approval, under some pressure, is again granted to the DDCA, which will imperil the safety of 45,000 spectators and cause untold misery in case of an unfortunate mishap.”

Azad concluded with an appeal, “I look forward to you taking immediate action in the matter, in the interest of safety of thousands of spectators, as well as in public interest.” — Special Correspondent