Bishan Singh Bedi to DDCA: Remove my name from Kotla stand, cancel my membership

Previous India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has requested the Delhi and District Cricket Affiliation (DDCA) to remove his identify from the spectators’ stand at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, his home floor in domestic cricket, while also renouncing his membership with the affiliation. In an email to the DDCA, Bedi reported his conclusion was in response to news that the affiliation had made a decision to erect a statue of Arun Jaitley, the previous president of the affiliation, at the stadium, which was renamed immediately after him adhering to his loss of life previous 12 months.

Bedi, immediately after whom the stand at the venue was named in 2017, referred to what he referred to as the “unsavoury past” and nepotism of Jaitley’s fourteen-12 months reign as DDCA president as the rationale for his conclusion.

Here’s the full textual content of the email, written by Bedi to Rohan Jaitley, Arun Jaitley’s son and the new president of the DDCA, on December 22.


Expensive Sir,

I generate this letter with a weighty coronary heart & deep feeling of embarrassment.

I’m outdated enough to know that a single would not discuss ill of the lifeless. And I hope you are also outdated enough to be in the know of my private relationship with Late Arun Jaitley was hardly ever really on the same website page. Let’s say we weren’t seriously cricketing buddies when he was the President of DDCA. My reservations about the preference of people today he hand picked to operate the working day to working day affairs of DDCA is properly identified. I remember strolling out from a conference at his home whence he was unable to throw out a rowdy ingredient using terribly foul language. I imagine I was far too head robust..far too Outdated faculty..& far too proud an Indian cricketer to be co-opted into the corrupt darbar of sycophants Arun Jaitley mustered at the Kotla for the duration of his stewardship.

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It pains me no conclude to level out the much from flattering facts about DDCA’s unsavoury past, but rely on me it has a context. I was not lifted to have on the fight to the subsequent technology. But I was also taught that if I firmly imagine in having a stand I need to adhere with it. But unfortunately this is how it has unfolded. Keep in mind, these are the ills of nepotism-you get blamed for selections you weren’t aspect of and you can’t even give the excuse of absence.

As I notice now even in your management DDCA’s courtroom tradition of fawning obeisance carries on. Following the Feroze Shah Kotla was named hurriedly & most undeservingly immediately after Late Arun Jaitley my response then was it’s possible somehow good feeling could prevail to continue to keep Kotla sacrosanct. How improper I was. Now I assemble a statue of Late Arun Jaitley is going to be put in at the Kotla. I’m not at all enamoured with the assumed of a statue of Arun Jaitley coming up at Kotla.

I pleasure myself as a male of huge tolerance & patience..but all that I’m worried is jogging out. DDCA has definitely examined me & forced me to acquire this drastic motion.

So, Mr President I request you to remove my identify from the stand named immediately after me with rapid outcome. Also, I hereby renounce my DDCA membership. I have taken this conclusion with sufficient deliberations. I’m not prone to disregard the honour that was bestowed on me. My gratitude to Justice Sen & the Committee of M/s Dr ND Puri..Dr Ravi Chaturvedi..Vijay Lokapally..& Neeru Bhatia..all people today of social & qualified eminence..who extended the warm gesture to Mohinder Amarnath & myself..will hardly ever fade. But as we all know with honour will come duty. They feted me for the whole respect & integrity with which I played the match. And now I’m returning the honour just to guarantee them all that four a long time immediately after my retirement, I still keep these values.

A mere google look for would have served to know that Late Arun Jaitley’s tenure at DDCA was riddled with corruption. You currently being a lawyer ought to also know the scenarios of enormous misappropriation of resources are still pending in courts.

Late Arun Jaitley I’m advised was an ready politician. So its the Parliament & not a cricket stadium which desires to remember him for posterity. He could have been a good cricket admirer far too, but his dillance with cricket administration was dubious & still left considerably to preferred. This is not a rhetorical evaluation but a factual appraisal of his time at DDCA. Just take my term, failures never require to be celebrated with plaques & busts. They require to be neglected.

Mr President if at any time you get to vacation to the cricket stadiums close to the entire world you will discover how aesthetically challenged Kotla is and how it lacks the grandeur of a Test Centre. You require to be educated that athletics directors never require to be self serving. Persons who encompass you presently will hardly ever advise you that it can be WG Grace at Lord’s..Sir Jack Hobbs at the Oval..Sir Donald Bradman at the SCG…Sir Garfield Sobers at Barbados & Shane Warne of new classic at the MCG..who adorn their cricket stadia with the Spirit of Cricket hardly ever out of when the kids stroll into these stadiums these majestic statues/busts increase & enliven the inspiring tales of these past heroes that their elders convey to them. Sporting arenas require sporting position designs. The put of the directors is in their glass cabins.

Considering that DDCA would not comprehend this Universal cricket tradition, I require to stroll out of it. I can’t be aspect of a stadium which has acquired its priorities so grossly improper & the place directors get precedence around the cricketers. You should carry down my identify from the stand with rapid outcome. You needn’t get worried about me or my legacy. God Almighty has been extremely sort to me to continue to keep me alive with my cricketing convictions. I never want my power of character to be maligned by my silence or affiliation to this unsporting act.

Fortunately…bishan bedi.