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World T20 semifinal to go ahead in Delhi

Ending days of speculation, Delhi on Wednesday got the go ahead to host the World Twenty20 semifinal as scheduled on March 30 after the embattled DDCA got the requisite clearances to use the contentious R P Mehra Block at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium.

The match had been thrown into jeopardy over lack of completion certificate for the block from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

The Delhi and District Cricket Association had been given an extended deadline till 2pm on Wednesday to furnish the clearance, which came after a meeting of its officials with Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, the Supreme Court-appointed observer for DDCA.

“The DDCA stands have been cleared till 2017. Not only this match but all the IPL matches will go ahead as planned.

Decks were cleared after Justice Mudgal was convinced that there would no legal problem in holding the matches,” DDCA treasurer Ravinder Manchanda told PTI.

Wednesday’s meeting with Mudgal was attended by DDCA working President Chetan Chouhan, treasurer Ravinder Manchanda, and an ICC legal advisor.

The DDCA now has the go ahead to use the R P Mehra Block, which has a seating capacity of around 2000.

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