The ground owned by D.D.C.A (Delhi District Cricket Association) was stablished in 1883 and is the second oldest ground which is still operational in the country. The ground is famous for the 10 wickets haul of Anil Kumble against Pakistan and also that Team India has been undefeated on this ground for 38 years.
Since last decade or so, the ground has come under scanner of all the negatives. The stadium got banned for 12 months by ICC for 12 months after India-Sri Lanka match was called off. It was done after inspection of match referee and the pitch was declared unfit to play.
The play was called off as one of the Sri Lankan batsmen almost fractured his elbow after a good length delivery hit him due to uneven bounce of the pitch.
The only match it has hosted since then is the 2011 World Cup match. The scenario got from bad to worse when the stadium was taken off the venues chosen for T20 World Cup to be held in Delhi in March. Even the Delhi Daredevils franchisee (GMR group) are reviewing other stadiums for the next IPL season after High Court ordered the association to get 64 certificates for clearance. The association is least interested in getting those and there are still many pending clearances to be taken, even after almost a week of court’s orders.
The seating capacity of the stadium is roughly around 40,000 which if compared is almost equal to Hockey stadiums in the capital. Even the hockey stadiums have the basic facilities of proper Sanitation and power back up, which are still a dream in Feroz Shah Kotla. This step-motherly behaviour by the D.D.C.A towards the stadium can be blamed on B.C.C.I (Board of Control for Cricket in India).
This eventful stadium can be brought back on track by some attention from the association. The stadium can also be handed over to the Sports Authority of India and can be taken care of. The lone cricket stadium in the capital has got the least amount of games. This is a disgrace not only for the capital but also for the cricket association which has produced players like Sehwag, Virat Kohli from its academy.
Let’s wish the stadium makes the Delhites proud one fine day, just the way Delhi players are doing.