Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium might not get a chance to host a Test until 2020 due to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s rotation policy. “BCCI is pitching for their exclusive home season slot in February-March every year. They will only get that slot in February-March 2020 as per the new Future Tours Programme (FTP). Therefore, Kotla may or may not be in line for a Test match before 2020,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The official further added that BCCI’s rotation policy aims at assigning matches to all the stadiums in India. “As per the rotation policy, Kotla has now got its Test match and in November it got an ODI. Their turn will not come next year as India will perhaps have at the most one full-fledged series. There are other venues waiting for their turn. Similarly in 2019, when the fresh Future Tours and Programme (FTP) starts, it will take some time for Kotla to get another game,” he said.
The Delhi Stadium is currently hosting the third Test match between India and Sri Lanka which has been a centre of the storm with Sri Lankan players complaining about the poor quality in the capital. Sri Lankan board has asked the BCCI to answer why Delhi was chosen as a venue for the match when the air quality in Delhi was so severe. The halting of play by Lankan players as not gone down well with many including bowling coach Bharat Arun who had said that Lankan players should have been more focussed on the game and that condition was same for both the teams. On the fourth day, poor air quality took a toll on Indian pacer Mohd Shami as well who walked off the field and threw up. Shami is reportedly doing fine now and is likely to play on the final day of the match.