IPL 2018: Head coach Ricky Ponting wants to make Feroz Shah Kotla a fortress for Delhi Daredevils

Ricky Ponting is newly appointed coach of Delhi franchise.

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Delhi Daredevils have opted to play their home games only at one venue, that is, Feroze Shah Kotla. As per Times of India reports, Daredevils' newly appointed head coach Ricky Ponting wants to make Kotla a fortress for Delhi Daredevils.

There were talks of considering Lucknow as other option for home matches for Delhi Daredevils, however, Ponting didn't agree to such an arrangement. This may be due to the fact that Delhi played a few games in Raipur in previous seasons and didn't receive much support from the crowd there.

Ponting told the operations department of the Daredevils that Delhi's home should be the one and only Feroze Shah Kotla.

"Kotla should be Delhi's den. Everyone should fear entering it. Delhi should be based out of one home center," Ponting is said to have told the officials. This put an end to the efforts to look at Lucknow and Raipur as Daredevils’ alternate home venues.

On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will play only three games at their home ground Mohali, on April 15, 19 and 23. The shut down of Chandigarh airport from May 12 to 31 has caused trouble for the Punjab franchise. The airport will be repairing their runway. KXIP may possibly look to Indore, as the venue to host the last four home games.

Except KXIP, all teams want their base at their home venue. It is also seen as a departure from BCCI’s norm which mandates that a team has to play at least four matches at alternate home venues. 


By Sihyeu Singh - 18 Mar, 2018

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