New Delhi: Lambasting the DDCA for deciding to set up a statue of its leisurely former President Arun Jaitley on the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, stir legend Bishan Singh Bedi has requested the physique to need his name from the spectators’ stand, named after him in 2017.
Lashing out on the Delhi and District Cricket Affiliation’s (DDCA) culture, which he alleged promotes nepotism and puts “directors forward of cricketers”, Bedi moreover renounced his membership of the physique.
He made the ask in a scathing letter addressed to DDCA President Rohan Jaitley, the son of the leisurely flesh presser, who turned into once a minister within the BJP-led NDA authorities and died in 2019 owing to just a few successfully being considerations.
“I pride myself as a person of wide tolerance and patience…Nonetheless all that I am scared, is working out. DDCA has in point of fact examined me and pressured me to take this drastic action.
“So, Mr President I seek files from you to need my name from the stand named after me with immediate cease. Moreover, I hereby renounce my DDCA membership,” Bedi wrote in his letter.
When contacted for a response to Bedi’s letter, the DDCA declined any comment.
Jaitley turned into once DDCA president for 14 years, from 1999 to 2013, earlier than quitting cricket administration. The physique plans to get a six-foot statue of him installed on the Kotla to honour his reminiscence.
DDCA had named one amongst the stands after Bedi in November 2017 along with Mohinder Amarnath.
“I’ve taken this resolution with adequate deliberations. I am no longer at chance of disregard the honour that turned into once bestowed upon me. Nonetheless as we all know with honour comes accountability. They feted me for the final respect and integrity with which I performed the game.
“And now I am returning the honour correct to make sure all of them that four a long time after my retirement, I serene utilize those values. “
Placing his resolution in context, Bedi wrote that he turned into once never a fan of Arun Jaitley’s working style and always adverse any resolution that he did no longer have confidence.
“My reservations concerning the chance of of us he hand-picked to bustle the day after day affairs of DDCA is successfully identified. I remember strolling out from a gathering at his set whence he turned into once unable to throw out a rowdy component the exercise of terribly harmful language.
“I allege I turned into once too head solid..Too Broken-down faculty..& too proud an Indian cricketer to be co-opted into the inappropriate darbar of sycophants Arun Jaitley mustered on the Kotla all the intention in which by his stewardship.”
Bedi said it effort him that even the fresh leadership follows the culture of “fawning obeisance”.
“After the Feroze Shah Kotla turned into once named hurriedly & most undeservingly after Silly Arun Jaitley my response then turned into once possibly a formula or the opposite correct sense would possibly possibly prevail to aid Kotla sacrosanct.
“How disagreeable I turned into once. Now I rating a statue of Silly Arun Jaitley goes to be installed on the Kotla. I am on no yarn enamoured with the notion of a statue of Arun Jaitley coming up at Kotla.”
Bedi said since the leisurely administrator turned into once essentially a flesh presser, or no longer it is miles the Parliament which desires to “remember him for posterity.”
“Here’s no longer a rhetorical evaluation however a factual appraisal of his time at DDCA. Settle on my discover, failures make no longer must be popular with plaques & busts. They must be forgotten.”
Citing examples of how gigantic cricketers were honoured in in other countries, Bedi said, “Other folks that surround you now would possibly possibly no longer ever picture you that or no longer it is WG Grace at Lord’s..Sir Jack Hobbs on the Oval..Sir Donald Bradman on the SCG…Sir Garfield Sobers at Barbados & Shane Warne of fresh vintage on the MCG…Who decorate their cricket stadia with the Spirit of Cricket never out of location..
“…Sporting arenas need wearing design units. The location of the directors is of their glass cabins.
“Since DDCA would not realize this Universal cricket culture, I deserve to paddle out of it. I’m in a position to’t be fragment of a stadium which has bought its priorities so grossly disagreeable & where directors gain priority over the cricketers. Please raise down my name from the stand with immediate cease.”