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Second T20I against Sri Lanka moved to Ranchi

Second T20I against Sri Lanka moved to Ranchi
India and Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three T20Is ahead of the Asia Cup.
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has moved the second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka to Ranchi after the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) informed the board of their inability to host the game.

Earlier this month, the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur wrote to the DDCA giving them an ultimatum to obtain the requisite government permissions which are needed to host the Sri Lanka T20I.

Acting president of the DDCA, Chetan Chauhan told PTI that the board was unable to procure the permissions in time for the Sri Lanka game.

However, Chauhan was confident that the DDCA will be able to obtain the necessary permissions in time for the 2016 World T20 but only after 12th February.

“We have informed the BCCI today that we will not be able to get the clearance from MCD in time after complying to norms.

“We told the BCCI officials that we will have all the compliance certificates ready for World T20, but it will not be possible to get clearance before February 12 and then get clearances from state’s fire and electrical department.”

Despite the assurances given by Chauhan, the BCCI has given the DDCA a deadline till 17:00 hrs on 31st January to obtain various government permissions for hosting the World T20 matches.

If the DDCA fails to meet the deadline Thakur stated that the BCCI will shift the World T20 matches which are to be hosted by Delhi to the other remaining venues.

“As far as the World Cup is concerned, the World Cup management committee has met today and has also discussed the issue of DDCA,” said Thakur.

“They have given a deadline of January 31, 5 o clock, to come out with the required NOCs - the required permissions from various departments - so that they can continue as a host of the World Cup matches.

“If they are unable to do so by 31st evening, then the BCCI will shift those matches to the seven other remaining venues.”

In November 2015, the Delhi High Court allowed the DDCA to host the fourth Test against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla which India won by 337 runs to complete a 3-0 series win.

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