Eastern Times , New Delhi: Former cricketer of India Bhishan Singh Bedi has asked the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to remove his name from the spectators’ stand of the stadium after the body decided to install a statue of its former President Arun Jaitley at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.
Slamming the DDCA culture, Bedi alleged that it promotes nepotism and puts ‘administrators ahead of cricketers’ and that he also renounced his membership of the body.
Bedi has written a scathing letter to DDCA President Rohan Jaitley, the son of the late politician Arun Jaitley, addressing his demand to remove his name immediately.
“I pride myself as a man of immense tolerance and patience…but all that I’m afraid, is running out. DDCA has truly tested me and forced me to take this drastic action,” Bedi wrote in his letter.
“So, Mr President, I request you to remove my name from the stand named after me with immediate effect.
Also, I hereby renounce my DDCA membership. I’ve taken this decision with sufficient deliberations. I’m not prone to disregard the honour that was bestowed upon me. But as we all know with honour comes responsibility.
They feted me for the total respect and integrity with which I played the game. “And now I’m returning the honour just to assure them all that four decades after my retirement, I still retain those values.” Bedi added.
Jaitley was DDCA president from 1999 to 2013 before quitting cricket administration. The body plans to have a six-foot statue of him installed at the Kotla to honour his memory.
DDCA had named one of the stands after Bedi in November 2017 along with Mohinder Amarnath.
Criticising the ex president, Bedi explained that he never appreciated the work management of Arun Jaitley during his tenure and always opposed Jaitley’s decision that he did not agree with.
“My reservations about the choice of people he hand-picked to run the day to day affairs of DDCA is well known. I remember walking out from a meeting at his residence when he was unable to throw out a rowdy element using terribly foul language,” Bedi wrote.
Bedi also self described as too head strong, too old school and too proud an Indian cricketer to be co-opted into the corrupt darbar of sycophants Arun Jaitley mustered at the Kotla during his stewardship.
Expressing his grief, Bedi said it pains him that even the current leadership follows the culture of “fawning obeisance” and that he was not at all enamoured with the thought of a statue of Arun Jaitley coming up at Kotla.
He lashed out at the DDCA for not understanding the cricket culture. “Since DDCA doesn’t understand this Universal cricket culture, I need to walk out of it.
I can’t be part of a stadium which has got its priorities so grossly wrong and where administrators get precedence over the cricketers. Please bring down my name from the stand with immediate effect” Bedi wrote.