Spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi has asked the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to remove his name from the spectators’ stand named after him in 2017, alleging that the body promotes nepotism and puts “administrators ahead of cricketers”
Bedi also renounced the membership of DDCA.
He lambasted the DDCA for deciding to install a statue of its late former President Arun Jaitley at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.
He made the demand in a scathing letter addressed to DDCA president Rohan Jaitley, the son of the late politician, who was a minister in the BJP-led NDA government and died last year owing to multiple health issues.
“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.
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 along with Mohinder Amarnath.
“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,”Bedi said.