DDCA is back to its old ways

In the latest case, several former India cricketers have complained that they have received only one complimentary ticket via courier for the World T20 matches to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Justice Mudgal had mandated two complimentary tickets each for all former players, both international and First-Class, including women players.

Surender Khanna was harsh in his indictment of the DDCA.   -  Shanker Chakravarty

Despite the presence and observation of Justice Mukul Mudgal to bring about some transparency in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), things seem to be going back to worse in the organisation.

In the latest case, several former India cricketers have complained that they have received only one complimentary ticket via courier for the World T20 matches to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Justice Mudgal had mandated two complimentary tickets each for all former players, both international and First-Class, including women players.

Yashpal Sharma, Surender Khanna and Ajay Sharma have all informed Justice Mudgal about the issue. “Despite Justice Mudgal’s observations, the DDCA is back to its old ways,” Yashpal said, confirming that he had received just one ticket.

The players claim sending a single ticket is useless, since neither can they accompany their spouses to the ground nor allow them to travel alone “to a place like DDCA”, according to one former India player.

Surender Khanna was harsh in his indictment of the DDCA. “It only shows that those running DDCA neither care about courts or its appointed officers. This is happening despite Justice Mudgal’s orders to provide two complimentary tickets each. The DDCA is making a mockery of the law as always,” he said.

Ajay Sharma said he was not at all surprised by the whole thing since the DDCA is known to be indifferent to players. “It only knows how to humiliate cricketers, not respect them. Even those who have represented the country are not spared, what to say about first-class cricketers who have represented Delhi with distinction for years,” she claimed.

The earlier practice had been to inform players about the tickets and ask them to collect from the DDCA office but invariably, the communiqué would reach the players a day after the match! Now, the tickets are being sent by courier but it seems the association is clearly not in a mood to follow guidelines.