Less than two weeks after the Supreme Court observation that “politicians and businessmen heading sports bodies in India was causing harm and, it was high time that they made way for sportspersons”, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has decided to unshackle the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) from the tenacious grip of politicians.
The veteran cricketer has decided to challenge long-serving president Arun Jaitley, also the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, for the top post in the December 30 elections.
The 67-year-old legend told dna it was high time that a cricketer was put at the helm of affairs, and given the mandate to cleanse the alleged corrupt practices in Delhi. “Enough is enough. How long will these politicians loot our cricket association? I know I don’t have the ‘proxies’ to fight these businessmen and politicians but I have decided to contest to create an awareness amongst all the cricketers in Delhi,” Bedi said.
It must be mentioned that this will be the first time in the last decade that Jaitely is facing a challenge for the top post. This has also come in the backdrop of Jaitley’s false promise to form a Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) to handover cricket-related activities to former cricketers in 2009.
“Before Jaitley took over as president, cricket was the only topic being discussed in DDCA. But sadly, today cricket has gone to the dogs. So much of money has been wasted during his tenure that Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has now indicted the current office-bearers on several accounts,” said Sameer Bahadur, secretary of NCT Cricket Association (formerly Delhi Cricketers’ Association), of which Bedi is a president.
DDCA elections are being fought on “proxies” and only a handful of present top officials control the majority of 4,300 members’ votes. Though it would be impossible for anyone, including Bedi, to even come close to beating any of the present lot, but with former cricketers rallying behind him, it could be a beginning of sorts.