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An overview of the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi Getty

The ICC T20 World Cup 2016 semi-final match to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi on 30 March is uncertain as the High Court has refused to intervene in a matter concerning the use of an important part of the stadium. Subsequently, the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) also failed to reach a conclusion over the controversy surrounding the sale of tickets of the RP Mehra Block.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) had set 20 March as the deadline to decide the sale of tickets, branding and seating at the block, which was the old club house. Now, it seems like the game could be shifted to another venue, as nearly 1800 seats will be left vacant, which would lead to a major loss of revenue.

Speaking to media, DDCA Treasure Ravinder Manchanda said, "We were given time till Sunday evening to get clarity over the RP Mehra block. Since the case is in court, we have not got any clarity on the same.

"The ICC wants to use that particular area for branding and also for seating purposes, since the semi-final is a big game. No official word from the Board of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) or the ICC yet, but our deadline has ended."

"It's a major blow at this juncture. The DDCA is likely to lose out on atleast four crores if the match is moved out of Feroz Shah Kotla. If it happens, it will be a big blow for us," he added.

Delhi is scheduled to host three Super 10 games before the semi-final match including the England vs Afghanistan games on 23 March, England vs Sri Lanka on 26 March and South Africa vs Sri Lanka on 28th.

This is not the first time that a match has been moved in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2016, the India vs Pakistan clash scheduled for 19 March was shifted from Dharamshala to Kolkata due to security concerns.

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