Major plans to upgrade Arun Jaitley Stadium


Arun Jaitley Stadium in India will be upgraded Image: Delhi and District Cricket Association (Facebook)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Capitals (DC) and the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) have reportedly reached an agreement for the upgrading and maintenance of the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi (India), which serves as the home stadium for the franchise in the Indian Premier League and the Women’s Premier League.

‘Cricket Addictor’ stated that the stadium will be maintained by the Capitals’ management even during the non-IPL months. The venue is set to receive a fund of Rs 75 crore from the franchise. Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) allocated funds of Rs 50 crore for the renovation of the ground ahead of the upcoming ODI World Cup.

Mumbai (India)-based the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a men’s Twenty20 cricket league that is annually held in India and contested by 10 City-based franchise teams. The BCCI founded the league in 2007. The competition is usually held in Summer between March and May every year.

The Delhi Capitals are a professional franchise cricket team based in Delhi that plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise is jointly owned by the GMR Group and the JSW Sports. The team’s home ground is the Arun Jaitley Stadium, located in New Delhi (India). The team is coached by Ricky Ponting (former Australian cricketer).

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) is the governing body of cricket activities in the Delhi State of India and the Delhi cricket team. It is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Delhi cricket team is the team for the Delhi and District Cricket Association in the Ranji Trophy.

The 41,842-capacity Arun Jaitley Stadium is a cricket stadium owned and operated by the Delhi and District Cricket Association and located on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi (India). It was established in 1883 as the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, and named after the nearby Kotla Fort.

The Women’s Premier League (WPL) is a women’s Twenty20 cricket franchise league in India. It is owned and operated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The first season was played in March 2023 and saw the Mumbai Indians win the first title.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the national governing body of cricket in India. Its headquarters is situated at the Cricket Centre in Churchgate, Mumbai (India). The BCCI is the wealthiest governing body of cricket in the world.

The 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be the 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup, a quadrennial One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament contested by the men’s national teams and organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It is scheduled to be hosted in India from October 5th to November 19th, 2023. It was originally scheduled to take place from February to March 2023 but was postponed due to COVID-19 complications.

Dubai (UAE)-based the International Cricket Council (ICC) is the global governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1987.

Topmost Priority

‘Cricket Addictor’ further stated that the Delhi Capitals Co-Owner Parth Jindal and the DDCA President Rohan Jaitley met to discuss ways to enhance the crowd experience at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. They came to an agreement after the meeting for the Capitals to be more involved in facility management throughout the year.

A source stated, “There have been discussions to set up two classy hospitality boxes in the stadium. The idea is to set up temporary boxes by the World Cup and finish the project by the next IPL. The stadium has received many complaints with regards to crowd experience during matches. The DDCA and the Capitals have put that as a priority. Football stadiums in Europe are managed by corporates to maintain facilities for their club teams. This move will be somewhat in that direction. Now with the Women’s Premier League set to be played in the home-and-away format, Capitals will need the stadium for more than just two months of IPL.”

The Arun Jaitley Stadium has been announced as one of the venues for the ODI World Cup 2023. The venue will host a total of five matches in the marquee event, including India’s league-stage match against Afghanistan on October 11th.

Ganguly Initiative

The report further added that the Delhi Capitals’ Director of Cricket, Sourav Ganguly, has taken the initiative to upgrade the stadium to get it in good shape for the IPL and the international matches.

The source added, “The DDCA doesn’t have another ground and it has to organize men and women’s camps at the stadium besides organizing matches. The Capitals management will be coordinating with the DDCA to manage the load on the stadium in the future.”

The BCCI didn’t allocate any matches to the Arun Jaitley Stadium for India’s jam-packed 2023-2024 international home season. The Board decided to give matches to other stadiums that won’t be hosting the World Cup matches.

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