“The ICC is yet to take a final decision on Feroze Shah Kotla, but the process is on. The BCCI is expecting a response from the ICC probably next month or in two months,” Pawar said after chairing the meeting of the World Cup Organising Committee.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat also said there was no place for speculation since the ICC was going through the procedure. “It is premature to speculate on the matter as there is a process in place. The BCCI has sent their response and ICC is examining it. It will now go to Ranjan Madugalle (ICC Chief Match Referee) and David Richardson (ICC Cricket General Manager) before a final decision is taken,” Lorgat said.
Match referee Alan Hurst had termed the Kotla pitch ‘unfit’ after the fifth one-dayer between India and Sri Lanka was abandoned due to ‘dangerous’ pitch condtions. Pawar also expressed satisfaction over the preparation for the World Cup. “It is the biggest cricketing event in the sub-continent and I am sure it will be a hugely successful event and security will not be an issue. India and Sri Lanka have prior experience of hosting the World Cup and it will be a great event,” Pawar said. BCCI Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said, “All the boards will have different ticket price policies and the revenues will also go to the respective boards. But the pricing will be done in such a way that spectators come to the stadium.”