The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), on Tuesday, announced that the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium will be renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium. The former finance minister and Bharatiya Janta Party stalwart passed away on last Saturday at AIIMS hospital in New Delhi.
Mr Jaitley played a big role in development of Delhi’s cricket. He served as the president of Delhi and District Cricket Association for more than a decade. He was the DDCA president from 1999 to 2013. During his stint, a number of stalwarts like Virender Sehwag, Ashish Nehra, Gautam Gambhir and current skipper Virat Kohli made their debut for India.
The renaming of Delhi’s famous cricket venue as Arun Jaitley Stadium will take place on September 12 at a function where a Stand of the Kotla ground will be named after Kohli.
“What can be better to have the stadium named after the man who rebuilt it under his presidentship. 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,” said DDCA president Rajat Sharma.
Mr Jaitley is also credited with renovating the stadium into a modern infrastructure. It was during his stint only that the stadium’s capacity was increased to make sure that more fans get a chance to watch the games. Mr Jaitley had also served as the vice-president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium is the second-oldest cricket stadium in India after Kolkata’s Eden Gardens and was established in 1883. So far, it has hosted 34 Test matches, 25 ODIs and 5 T20Is.