New Delhi: The clouds of uncertainty hovering over the India-England one-day cricket match to be played on October 17 at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium have been drifted apart as the ongoing battle between the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) over property tax has come to an end.

The Delhi High Court has asked the MCD to issue provisional certificate to DDCA for the match on payment of Rs 1.2 crore as property tax. The DDCA is required to deposit the first installment of Rs 50 lakh before October 17 while rest of the amount has to be paid before November 5.

For the record, the MCD refused to grant No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the DDCA for the match due to the outstanding property tax worth Rs 4.62 crore, following which the DDCA filed a petition in the court. The next hearing in the case has been slated for November 4.

DDCA General Secretary SK Bansal said, “We had applied for the completion certificate but in vain, instead the MCD is asking for property tax worth Rs 4.62 crore.”

He alleged that when they have not received the property, for what they need to pay the property tax. Regarding the MCD at fault, he said, “The MCD has implied tax even on the empty ground. When we asked for the NOC, it first asked us to pay the pending property tax.”

The India-England five one-day match series is starting from October 12 of which the second match is to be played at Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium.

(Agencies)