Surender Khanna cries foul

Former India wicketkeeper Surender Khanna has complained to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) about the “ill-treatment” meted out by Delhi Capitals.

Former India wicketkeeper Surender Khanna has not received the number of tickets which he is entitled to.   -  Shanker Chakravarty

Former India wicketkeeper Surender Khanna has complained to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) about the “ill-treatment” meted out by Delhi Capitals.

“I would like to inform you that in the ongoing IPL (Indian Premier League), which is a BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) event, I have not received the number of tickets which I am entitled to,” Khanna wrote in a mail.

“As a member of the DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) and former India player I have received only two regular stand match tickets and not total the four tickets/passes that I am entitled to (both as an India player and as a paid DDCA member),” he added.

“I would accordingly like to inform you that as per the stipulation and decision of the BCCI (in the public domain), as well as DDCA membership norms, I am entitled to two VIP passes each as a former India player and paid DDCA member respectively. I would therefore request you to ask DDCA to honour the rules and stipulations and give me four passes as due to me,” wrote Khanna.

Khanna appealed, on behalf of Delhi cricketers, writing “please ensure that the passes due to India players are not to be distributed to members of the public at our expense. Despite me informing the DDCA management, no corrective action has been taken. Kindly look into this.”

The DDCA denied the fault lay with it. “At the recent India-Australia ODI, we created a special enclosure for the players and gave them the respect they deserved. But this (IPL) match is not our domain. The rights are with the franchise and we only facilitate the conduct of the match,” said a DDCA official.

Former India captain Anjum Chopra, too, has received a ticket to a common enclosure. “Only last year one of the entry gates to the stadium was named after her,” said a DDCA official.