ICC rejects BCCI's Kotla appeal, ban to stay

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/f/ferozeshahkotla.jpg' class='caption'> The BCCI's appeal against the one-year ban on New Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla stadium has been dismissed, the International Cricket Council said.

Updated: April 16, 2010 08:58 IST
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The International Cricket Council rejected BCCI's appeal to lift the year-long ban on Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla ground which was deemed "unfit" after the recent India-Sri Lanka ODI was abandoned due to a dangerous pitch.

ICC's independent appeals commissioner Michael Beloff QC upheld the decision after conducting the hearing via teleconference.

"In his judgment Mr Beloff states that following due consideration of all the evidence and submissions from both the ICC and BCCI, the correct decision was taken by Mr Richardson and Mr Madugalle to declare the pitch to be dangerous and, therefore, unfit," the ICC said in a statement.

"Mr Beloff added that the imposed suspension until the end of 2010 was proportionate in this case," it added.

The Feroz Shah Kotla pitch was declared unfit by ICC General Manager - Cricket David Richardson and ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle following the abandonment of last December's India-Sri Lanka ODI after 23.4 overs.

However, BCCI later appealed against the suspension which was turned down today.

"We must now focus on making sure the New Delhi venue is ready in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

"The ICC's pitch consultant will travel shortly to Feroz Shah Kotla, a ground with a long and proud history, to begin the process of remedial work that will ensure the pitch is restored to its former glory," added Lorgat.

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