The ICC has made a desperate plea to Justice Mukul Mudgal to allow them to utilise the 2000-odd seats in Old Pavillion stand for spectators and branding during World T20.
This appeal after it emerged that 2000 vantage seats in the Old Pavilion stand was set to be lost due to lack of clearance from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI),
The area in the Old Pavilion stand area falls under ASI and the DDCA needs to have clearance from them to offer it to spectators.
According to PTI News, the ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson met DDCA’s observer Justice Mudgal on Friday along with few DDCA officials to discuss the issue.
The ICC wants those seats to be opened for public as there is no specific order from the Delhi High Court which had directed the appropriate authority to decide on the issue.
Quoting a senior DDCA official, the PTI reported, “The ICC is very concerned about the curtailment of another 2000 seats. Now there is a suggestion to put the entire premium seats covered with black clothing. This is something the ICC is not very happy with.
“ICC argument is that since a lot of down the ground shots will be hit, black clothing will make both broadcasters and sponsors wary. It is considered to be an eye sore.”
The is likely to request Justice Mudgal to consider keeping the seats open for spectators as well as branding.
“They will request Justice Mudgal as only he can take a call in this regard. ICC’s concern is that a black out of that area will send wrong signals to the sponsors. Also another argument is that the media centre is also located in the Old Pavilion and if that area can be used, let us utilise this area also,” the source informed.
“Another option is to get clearance from ASI before men’s matches are hosted at the ground,” he added.
The men’s main matches will start from 23 March while women’s matches are scheduled to begin from 15 with a clash between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.