Officials unhappy with DDCA audit delay

The cricket fraternity in the Capital has placed immense faith in Justice Sen cleansing the DDCA but some of the veteran officials are not happy with the delay in the auditing of the accounts.

The cricket fraternity in the Capital has placed immense faith in Justice Vikramajit Sen cleansing the DDCA.   -  File Photo

Even as the High Court-appointed administrator Justice Vikramajit Sen grapples with the responsibility entrusted to him to set the order right in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), a section of officials associated with the conduct of the game for more than decades has questioned the delay in the audit process that had been one of their key demands.

“Three months since the appointment, we are wondering why the accounts have not been audited yet?, asked a member.

The cricket fraternity in the Capital has placed immense faith in Justice Sen cleansing the DDCA but some of the veteran officials are not happy with the delay in the auditing of the accounts.

The auditing of DDCA accounts is considered a key element in identifying the problems afflicting the association. “One of the mandates is to expose the corrupt officials since the DDCA is yet to submit the balance sheet for the years 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. Unless urgent measures are taken in this regard the wrong doings of some of the officials would be wiped out,” asserted the official.

According to sources, the minutes of the Executive Committee have not been submitted despite one of the top DDCA officials promising to do the same. “This delay only raises doubts about the process,” added the official.

Old timers at the Feroz Shah Kotla have also expressed disappointment at some of the proposals in the new constitution to be approved at the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the DDCA.

The new constitution has a provision for an 18-member Executive Committee, which is nine less than the existing one. “Why do we need such a big Executive Committee? It will hardly help in smooth functioning of the DDCA,” pointed out a senior official.

The new proposal includes nine office bearers, ten Directors and three Government Nominees on the board. The official claimed, “The Lodha Committee has recommended a nine-member Apex Council which should run an association. The Apex Council should have five office bearers (president, vice-president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer), two representatives from the Players’ Association, one member from the CAG and one Government Nominee.”

Recently, a meeting was held under the guidance of former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi to form a Players’ Association and former India all-rounder Kirti Azad was recommended for the post of the president. The recognition for this Players’ Association too has been delayed since Justice Sen and his team have been pre-occupied with the smooth conduct of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) matches at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

“It will be in the fitness of things that a thorough audit is ordered, preferably by an organisation like Deloitte, for fair and accurate findings,” said the official.