Delhi’s Iconic Feroz Shah Kotla To Be Renamed As Arun Jaitley Stadium

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Delhi's Iconic Feroz Shah Kotla To Be Renamed As Arun Jaitley Stadium
Delhi's Iconic Feroz Shah Kotla To Be Renamed As Arun Jaitley Stadium

Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on 27th August 2019 has decided to rename the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium as Arun Jaitley Stadium in the memory of its former president who recently passed away.

The renaming will take place on September 12 at a function, where a stand at the Kotla will be named after India captain Virat Kohli as announced earlier.

Delhi Cricket has tweeted stating “News Alert: Kotla to be renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium. In a fitting tribute to its former president Arun Jaitley, @delhi_cricket has decided to name the stadium after him. Mr. Jaitley, who passed away on August 24, was president of the DDCA from 1999 to 2013. @BCCI”

Speaking on this move, DDCA president Rajat Sharma said: “It was Arun Jaitley’s support and encouragement that players like Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra, Rishabh Pant and many others could make India proud.”

Arun Jaitley during his tenure at Delhi cricket has renovated the stadium with modern facilities and increased the capacity of the stadium to accommodate more fans and turned out the old dressing room’s to World Class dressing rooms for players.

The function is going be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, will be graced by the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

Kotla is the 2nd oldest stadium in India after Eden Gardens, which was established in the year 1883. Currently, the stadium capacity is over 40,000.

Feroz Kotla has hosted 34 test matches, 25 ODI’s and 5 T20’s. It is the home ground for Delhi capitals in IPL.

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