The Hindu

Harsh report expected on DDCA’s functionin­g

- VIJAY LOKAPALLY

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government is expected to give a harsh report regarding the functionin­g of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Associatio­n (DDCA). The report, based on a probe by a three-member committee appointed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, will be submitted on Monday.

Ahead of the fourth Test between India and South Africa, to be played here from December3, the Delhi Government, acting on complaints by former India players Bishan Singh Bedi and Kirti Azad, has taken up the issue with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) following allegation­s of large scale irregulari­ties in the DDCA.

On Saturday, two members of the probe panel — Principal Secretary, Public Works Department (PWD), Urban Developmen­t and Vigilance, Chetan B. Sanghi and Rahul Mehra, Senior Standing Counsel for the Delhi Government — met Board president Shashank Manohar in Nagpur.

The meeting reportedly focussed on the panel apprising the Board of the allegation­s against the DDCA and also trying to understand the process of conducting the game. The panel is learnt to have conveyed to the Board that the mandatory clearances for staging the Test match in Delhi would not be granted, effectivel­y indicting the DDCA. The probe panel is said to have found merit in most complaints filed by Bedi and Azad.

The Board, it is learnt, is not inclined to form a committee to conduct the Test match even though some members feel that the DDCA officials be kept away from being part of the organisati­on.

In any case, Pune has been put on alert to host the Test in case the Board decides to move the match from Delhi.

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