It was on August 24 that the world woke up to the tragic news of Bharatiya Janata Party’s veteran member and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s sad demise. Three days later, on Tuesday, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) decided to rename the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium as Arun Jaitley Stadium, in the memory of its former president and late politician, Arun. However, the name of the Feroz Shah Kotla ground will continue to be known by the same name. An official announcement was made by DDCA in a tweet.
With Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium being in the news, a lot of people took over Google to learn about its history. Surprisingly, post the announcement, a majority of people got confused and rather looked for veteran Bollywood actor Feroz Khan, who breathed his last in the year 2009. Turns out some of them have mistaken the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium for Feroz Khan Stadium. OOPS! Well, FYI, Feroz Shah Kota was earlier a fortress, built by a Turkic ruler Feroz Shah Tughlaq and from that’s where that stadium had got its name. Meanwhile, the stadium’s renaming ceremony is slated to happen on September 12.
A clarification from the DDCA president: The stadium has been named as Arun Jaitley Stadium. The ground will continue to be called the Feroz Shah Kotla.— DDCA (@delhi_cricket) August 27, 2019
Former cricketer and politician Gautam Gambhir, in an interview with TOI, had said, “It’s a good thing that the stadium is being named after Arun Jaitley because he was instrumental in giving Delhites a modern cricket stadium. However, I would have been much happier if it was done when he was alive, so that he could have seen it himself. That would have been the most fitting tribute.”
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