The BCCI has switched the venue of the second match of India's upcoming Twenty20 international series next month from Delhi to Ranchi following the inability of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) to obtain clearance to host the match.

The BCCI confirmed the shift from the Feroz Shah Kotla to Ranchi's JSCA International Stadium Complex for the February 12 fixture on Friday in a media release, without getting into any details.

Earlier in the week, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had set the DDCA a final deadline of Friday to confirm whether it could host the second T20I. Despite two deadline extensions, the DDCA failed to do so. On Friday, DDCA working president Chetan Chauhan told PTI that the association would be unable to host the match after the Delhi High Court refused to direct the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to provide them with Provisional Occupancy Certificate.

"We have informed the BCCI today that we will not be able to get the clearance from MCD in time after complying to norms. We told the BCCI officials that we will have all the compliance certificates ready for [the] World T20 but it will not be possible to get clearance before February 12 and then get clearances from state's fire and electrical department," Chauhan told PTI. The short series begins in Pune on February 9 and ends in Visakhapatnam on February 14.

This is yet another black mark on the DDCA and the Feroz Shah Kotla. In November, the Delhi government's panel's probe into DDCA irregularities suggested to the BCCI that it suspend the association. This put in doubt the venue's hosting of the fourth Test between India and South Africa, but the match went ahead at the last minute.

Anyone who has followed Indian cricket closely will know that the DDCA has a litany of scandals, controversies and political wrangling into it.


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