Madan Lal, Surender Khanna can contest elections amid conflict of interest

Madan Lal and Surender Khanna run cricket academies in the Capital and are therefore ineligible to contest for the post of administrators.

Madan Lal has filed a nomination for the president’s post.   -  PTI

Former India cricketers Madan Lal and Surender Khanna can contest the elections to the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) next month even as “conflict of interest” issues confront them.

The objections against them have been that both are running cricket academies in the Capital and hence ineligible to contest for the post of administrators.

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According to DDCA sources, the two eminent cricketers have been assured that their concerns are “solvable” provided they give an undertaking that they would sever their association with the academies if they win elections to their posts. Madan Lal has filed nomination for the president’s post while Khanna is contesting for the cricketer’s slot in the executive committee.

The Rajat Sharma-led group was jolted by the returning officer’s observations in the case of Vinod Tihara, who has been projected as their choice for the post of secretary. The returning officer has observed that the said candidate was a member of the Sports Committee for 15 years. The argument against him is that he is a prime case that highlights what Justice Lodha had pointed out in his report that power should not be bestowed in the hands of an individual for such a long time.

Observers highlight the fact that the Sports Committee was responsible for most decisions concerning the DDCA. “The Sports Committee, which was constituted with the aim of conducting the local league, was actually running Delhi cricket. The Sports Committee used to recommend the names of the selectors and coaches in all age groups. It was a powerful body and it had some members who served on the committee for more than ten years,” said a DDCA official.

Vikas Singh is the third candidate in the fray for the president’s post other than Madan Lal and Rajat Sharma. Shashi Khanna, wife of BCCI acting president C. K. Khanna, is contesting for the vice-president’s post.