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Delhi High Court gives a temporary breather to DDCAReuters

The fourth and the final Test match between India and South Africa will take place as scheduled at the Feroz Shah Kotla from 3 December; the Delhi High Court gave the green signal on Wednesday.

The court has ordered the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to provide the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) provisional clearance to organise the five-day match. The two-judge divisional bench of the high court also appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal to act as an observer in the Test match.

However, the final verdict from the BCCI on the issue is still pending.

In their order on Wednesday, November 18, the court said although it is true that Delhi cricket is not in a good state at the moment, they didn't want to deprive cricket fans of the action. The verdict, however, comes with a stern warning. "We won't give permission like this in future," said the court.

The verdict from the High Court has come as a relief to DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan, and he also welcomed the appointment of Justice Mudgal to oversee the match.

"A major hurdle has been crossed and we have got relief. We also welcome Justice Mudgal to oversee the match and its organising," Chauhan was quoted by PTI.

"He (Mudgal) is a good man, a cricket lover and very reasonable. He is very impartial and we are happy to carry on our duties under his guidance," the former India cricketer said.

India hold a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series against South Africa. While the Men in Blue won the first Test match against the Proteas by 108 runs at Mohali, the second Test match ended in a draw after rain played spoilsport for four straight days in Bengaluru.

The third Test starts on 25 November in Nagpur. 

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