Justice Mudgal finishes supervising duties at Kotla

The former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, under instruction of the Delhi High Court, had been given the responsibility of the supervising the matches at the Ferzeshah Kotla.

Justice Mukul Mudgal recalled school children enjoying the India-South Africa Test last year. “We gave away 8500 tickets to school kids and yet made profit," he said.   -  Rohit Jain Paras

Ferozeshah Kotla hosted its last match of the season – the Gujarat Lions-Sunrisers Hyderabad contest – and bid farewell to Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal after a job well done.

The former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, under instruction of the Delhi High Court, had been given the responsibility of the supervising the matches at the Ferzeshah Kotla.

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) had brought humiliation upon itself with its factionalism and Justice Mudgal oversaw the conduct of the matches – beginning with the India-South Africa Test match last December followed by the ICC World Twenty20 and the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“This is my last match. I am not likely to be involved with cricket matches (at Kotla) again,” said Justice Mudgal told Sportstar. He will submit his report to the High Court in July. The DDCA top brass is already nervous since Justice Mudgal is expected to give a scathing report. “The proxy system needs a relook,” said Justice Mudgal on the system of voting prevalent at the DDCA.

“I dealt with some tough cases but this assignment was perhaps the toughest. I had been instructed by the High Court and it was a learning curve for me. It was a difficult job and I learnt a lot about organisation of cricket matches and the difficulty the organisers face in these matters,” said Justice Mudgal.

Justice Mudgal cited the “profits” made during the India-South Africa Test match as a high point of his assignment at the Kotla. “We gave away 8500 tickets to school kids and yet made profit. To me the school children cheering the Indian team (at the Test) was the most satisfying part of the work.”

Having set the precedent at Kotla, Justice Mudgal was delighted to note that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced that a minimum of ten percent seats would be given away free to school students and specially challenged.

When asked why Salil Seth, part of his committee and currently media manager at the DDCA, was part of the presentation function in the SRH-KKR match here on Wednesday, Juctice Mudgal said, “because Salil Seth had worked very hard and deserved to be there.”

Justice Mudgal was excited at being appointed the deputy chairman of the governance committee by FIFA. Portuguese Luis Miguel Maduro, a former European Court of Justice Advocate General, is the head of the committee.

“I am coming to terms with it. It is a job that comes with high responsibility. All appointments (by FIFA) would be cleared by us and that makes the job important. It is a learning process there too.”

Justice Mudgal observed the Lodha Committee recommendations would change the face of cricket administration in India. “It is well intended and will do a world of good for the way cricket is conducted in India.”