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Bedi Quits DDCA Over Jaitley Statue


Lambasting the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for deciding to install a statue of its late former President Arun Jaitley at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi has asked the body to remove his name from the spectators’ stand, named after him in 2017.
Lashing out at the DDCA’s culture, which he alleged promotes nepotism and puts “administrators ahead of cricketers,” Bedi also renounced his membership of the body.
He made the demand in a scathing letter addressed to DDCA President Rohan Jaitley, the son of the late politician.
“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. 
“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,” Bedi wrote in his letter.
Arun Jaitley was DDCA president for 14 years, 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.
Putting his decision in context, Bedi wrote that he was never a fan of Arun Jaitley’s working style and always opposed any decision that he did not agree with. 
“My reservations about the choice of people he had hand-picked to run the day to day affairs of DDCA are well known. I remember walking out from a meeting at his residence whence he was unable to throw out a rowdy element using terribly foul language.”
“I think I was too head strong..too Old school..& too proud an Indian cricketer to be co-opted into the corrupt darbar of sycophants Arun Jaitley mustered at the Kotla during his stewardship,” his letter read.
 Bedi said it pained him that even the current leadership followed the culture of “fawning obeisance”.

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