The Delhi Cricket Association (DDCA) will name stands of the Feroz Shah Kotla after legendary Bishen Singh Bedi and Mohinder Amarnath.
This is the association’s way of acknowledging the contribution of Bedi and Amarnath to Indian cricket as well as to Delhi cricket. There will also be a Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi 'Hall of Fame' at the venue.
In a statement, DDCA administrator Justice Vikramjit Sen confirmed that Bedi and Amarnath will be honoured at the DDCA Annual Conclave on November 29. Earlier this month, a gate of the Kotla was named after former India opener Sehwag and now another gate will be named after former women's team skipper Anjum Chopra. As per rules in the DDCA, a player has to play at least 35 Tests to be honoured by the state association.
"Accordingly, the likes of Chetan Chauhan, Madan Lal, Maninder Singh, Manoj Prabhakar and others in the list should also be accorded this honour as per the criteria, in due course," a DDCA official was quoted as saying by media reports.
Among other changes will be the name change of the dressing room. The dressing room of the home team will now be known as the Raman Lamba Dressing Room, in memory of the late cricketer. The visiting team’s dressing room will be named after Prakash Bhandari, the first Test cricketer from Delhi.
Currently, Delhi Cricket Association boasts of some world class players such as Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir and the Indian captain Virat Kohli.
"Active cricketers like Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan should be honoured after they have retired from the game," a statement by the DDCA read.
The association will also honour noted coaches, Gurcharan Singh and Tarak Sinha.