What’s more, Bedi also took a dig at Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) president N Srinivasan without naming him. “In the BCCI, one chap is omnipresent and no one can challenge him. I tell you that is not a good sign,” Bedi said, in an apparent reference to Srinivisan.
“It would have been an honour for North Zone and Mohinder was suppose to become the chairman of selectors but got the boot as some people had personal interests,” he fumed. Mohinder dared to speak the truth at selection committee meetings and called the spade a spade, which did not go down well with the cricket administrators, most of whom have never wielded a bat,” he added.
Pulling no punches, the former India captain expressed anger at the way cricketers of stature were given the short shrift just because they asked for better management. “Can you believe a cricketer of Jimmy’s standing was given the boot because he was rallying for the betterment of cricket? He had demanded transparency in matters of selection and insisted that there be some amount of accountability from the captain over his team’s performance. Obviously, these suggestions for streamlining the game and functioning of the sports’ body did not go down well with the authorities,” he said.
He also accused DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev of not doing enough at the BCCI’s AGMs. “Everyone knows Jimmy’s credentials and character, yet it is unfortunate that he did not get support from DDCA,” he said.
“Our honorary president (Arun Jaitley) authorised him (Dev) to represent the DDCA in the recent board meeting in Mumbai. And what did Delhi get? Three posts, including vice-chairmanship of the National Cricket Academy and membership of umpiring committee, went to that man. He is the man who has ruined Delhi cricket by masterminding and colluding in activities clearly subversive of cricket,” Bedi said.
DDCA general secretary Sneh Bansal refuted Bedi’s allegations. “We had tried our best to convince the BCCI, but the appointment of selectors is the prerogative of the parent body. We did what we could have,” Bansal said on Friday.
—With PTI inputs