Delhi District Cricket Association: A Divided House Over Lodha Committee Recommendations

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Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) is a bit of a spot. According to reports the vice-president of DDCA Chetan Chauhan said that there are differences in the DDCA over the Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee recommendations. This was stated in a news report by IANS.

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While speaking to reporters Chauhan said that some of the members wanted to toe the Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI) line on the issue of Lodha Committee recommendations while some like Chauhan wanted to follow the law and accept the recommendations of the Lodha Committee. Chauhan said that they intend to wait for the final judgement of the Supreme Court before they decide on their future course of action.

Justice R.M Lodha Committee appointed by the apex court had proposed sweeping changes in the BCCI administration. Apart from other things the panel had proposed for a complete revamp of the entire top brass of the BCCI. This would snatch away the post from even its current president Anurag Thakur.

 An unhappy BCCI had filed a review petition in the Supreme Court. The petition which was slated to be heard on Tuesday was postponed for a couple of weeks according to news reports by IANS. The Supreme Court in its recent judgement barred BCI from disbursing funds to its state associations except for cricket-related activities. In this context, Chauhan said the non-disbursal of funds won’t affect DDCA as they already have enough of funds to conduct the upcoming ODI against the New Zealand.

According to Chauhan the Kotla wicket will be perfect and will make the match exciting.

Chauhan added that wicket “won’t be green” but there will be a “little bit” of grass over it. He considered the current wicket of Kotla as a perfect wicket to host ODIs and Twenty20s. He said the wicket will have some extra carry for fast bowlers. Chauhan felt that the wicket will be conducive for batting as well as for bowling and considered it as a typical ODI wicket. He said that due to the rains the pitch could not be relayed. However, some changes  had been made to the top layer.

There was a bit of controversy over awarding the in-stadia rights for the second ODI at Kotla with the nominated tender committee awarding the rights to a catering company.  In this context DDCA Treasurer Ravinder Manchanda, while speaking to reporters, said they received two bids for in-stadia rights for the Kotla match. Kohli Enterprise was awarded the rights as per norms as his bid was 2.17 crores against the bid of 2 crores by Lokesh Sharma of TCM.  They found later that Kohli lacked the required experience. He also admitted having faulted by not doing a background check on the company.

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