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Delhi Cricket in crisis: Report exposes alleged mismanagement and inaction

Delhi Cricket in crisis: Report exposes alleged mismanagement and inaction

While a police inquiry is ongoing, the fate of the TEG report and the potential for reforms in Delhi cricket remain uncertain.

Delhi cricket finds itself embroiled in a controversy surrounding a scathing report by its own Technical Expert Group (TEG) that highlights alleged mismanagement and a “compromised and conflicted” selection process.

In an attempt to improve Delhi’s performance, the DDCA formed a Technical Expert Group (TEG) in 2022, consisting of renowned cricketers like Madan Lal and Sunil Valson as per The Indian Express. However, despite their efforts, Delhi continued to struggle, failing to qualify for the Ranji Trophy knockouts for two consecutive seasons.

In December 2023, a complaint was filed against the DDCA, alleging mismanagement and corruption by officials. This complaint, submitted by Avdesh Sharma, also included the TEG report as evidence.

Key Findings of TEG Report:

  • The report, submitted last March, criticizes the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) for its selection process, claiming it bypasses the chief selector and is marred by “rampant interference” from officials.
  • The TEG report mentions instances of alleged interference by DDCA president Rohan Jaitley in team selection.
  • The report also criticizes the practice of selecting “jumbo teams” with unnecessary backup players.
  • It further highlights issues like poor player preparation, last-minute appointments of coaches and support staff, lack of strategic vision, and a concerning lack of commitment among players.

The Report’s Fate:

  • Despite being emailed to DDCA officials, including Rohan Jaitley, the report appears to have been disregarded.
  • Jaitley denies receiving the report and claims not to have been given a chance to respond to the allegations.
  • The DDCA, through its Interim CEO and GM, has questioned the report’s legitimacy and accused the complainant, Avdesh Sharma, of lacking credibility.
  • Sharma, who filed a police complaint against DDCA officials alleging mismanagement and corruption, maintains he submitted the report and refutes accusations against him.

Consequences for Delhi Cricket:

  • Delhi’s dismal performance in recent seasons, including failing to qualify for the Ranji Trophy knockouts for two consecutive years, is seen as a reflection of the alleged issues highlighted in the report.
  • The controversy surrounding the report further casts a shadow on Delhi cricket and raises concerns about the association’s commitment to addressing its shortcomings.

Uncertain Future:

While a police inquiry is ongoing, the fate of the TEG report and the potential for reforms in Delhi cricket remain uncertain. The situation demands transparency and accountability from the DDCA to address the concerns raised and ensure the future success of Delhi cricket.

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