After Sunday's fiasco, Kotla not to host Test against South Africa in 2010

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New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): The Delhi Firozeshah Kotla stadium has received another severe blow as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided that the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) will not host any match in the series against South Africa in 2010, after Sunday's fiasco in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) match played between hosts India and Sri Lanka.

Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla ground has lost out on hosting a Test match between India and South Africa in early 2010.

India plays South Africa in February-March 2010. Kotla was supposed to host one of the two matches that were to be played during the series.

Ratnakar Shetty of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) will not get to host this match after the fiasco.

Displeased with the issue, International Cricket Council (ICC) Vice President Sharad Pawar has said, "It's the ground and pitch that matter the most, not a fancy stadium.

A two-member inquiry committee has been set up to find out the reasons for the Kotla pitch mess-up.

On Sunday, the fifth One-Day International (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka was called off at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi due to the poor pitch conditions.

Due to the uneven bounce of the pitch, Sri Lankan cricketers who went on to bat had to face a lot of problems.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was hit on his left arm as a ball took off unexpectedly, leaving the batsman in pain.he play was finally stopped in the 24th over when Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed to collect a delivery of the ball of fast bowler Sudeep Tyagi.

Sri Lanka were 83/5 when skipper Kumar Sangakkara came onto the field to have a chat with the umpires and his Indian counterpart Dhoni. He appeared unhappy with the pitch conditions.

After a discussion with the umpires and the two skippers, Match Referee Alan Hurst finally called off the play declaring the pitch unfit to resume the match. (ANI)

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