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Delhi To Host World T20 Semi-final
As originally scheduled, Delhi will host the first semi-final of the World T20 on March 30. Strong doubts had surfaced about the venue over the past couple of weeks, with talk of the match being shifted elsewhere after the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) had failed to secure a clearance certificate from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) for one of the Feroz Shah Kotla stands. The issue centred around the RP Mehra Block of the stadium, which houses the old club house. In a previous case pertaining to the venue, the Delhi High Court ruled that the Mehra Block could not be open to the public till SDMC clearance was granted for the structure. About 2000 seats are housed in the Mehra Block, which is behind the bowler's arm, which the ICC wanted open to the public for the semi-final. So far in the tournament, the stand had been closed to fans, with Justice (retired) Mukul Mudgal - appointed as the observer by the Delhi High Court for the World T20 matches in Delhi - having said he would only allow the media and cameramen to be positioned in the Mehra Block. However, on a day full of hectic negotiations, the DDCA finally secured the required clearance from the SDMC in the late afternoon today, thus saving the organisers - both the BCCI and the ICC - the headache of finding an alternate venue.