The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Tuesday decided to rechristen Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium as Arun Jaitley Stadium in the memory of its former president who died on Saturday. The renaming will take place on September 12 at a function where a stand at the Kotla will be named after India captain Virat Kohli as announced earlier. Speaking on this initiative, DDCA president Rajat Sharma said: "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."
Jaitley, during his tenure at DDCA, is credited with renovating the stadium into a modern facility, increasing its capacity to accommodate more fans besides constructing world class dressing rooms. The function, to be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, will be graced by the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
Former India cricketer and East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir has urged Lt Governor Anil Baijal to rename the Yamuna Sports Complex after former finance minister Arun Jaitley. On August 24, the day Jaitley passed away at AIIMS after prolonged illness, Gambhir wrote to Baijal, proposing to rename the complex in his constituency after the BJP stalwart in recognition of his contribution towards sports.
News Alert: Kotla to be renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium.— DDCA (@delhi_cricket) August 27, 2019
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 ground will be named after India captain Virat Kohli.
'It was #ArunJaitley 's support and encouragement that players like Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra, Rishabh Pant and many others could make India proud', DDCA president Rajat Sharma added. @delhi_cricket— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) August 27, 2019
"I am writing this letter to propose to your good self to rename Yamuna Sports Complex situated in my Lok Sabha constituency of East Delhi in the name of eminent lawyer, our great leader and former finance minister, later Arun Jaitley ji," Gambhir wrote in the letter to the Lt Governor. He said it will be a "humble gesture" and tribute to the Jaitley's contribution and "incredible" legacy.