Spider legend Bishan Singh Bedi, who has fooled the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for the decision to install a statue of former President Arun Jaitley on the grounds of Feroz Shah Kotla, has asked the body Removing his name from him in 2017. Lashed out at the DDCA culture, which he believes promotes favoritism and places “administrators over cricketers,” Bedi also saw renunciation of his membership of the agency. He made the demand in a damning letter addressed to DDCA President Rohan Jaitley, the son of the late politician Arun Jaitley, who was a minister in the BJP-led NDA government and died last year from multiple health problems.
“I pride myself on being a man with tremendous tolerance and patience … but everything I fear is running out. DDCA really tested me and forced me to take this drastic action,” he wrote. Bedi in his letter.
“So, Mr President, I request that you remove my name from the booth named after me with immediate effect. I also hereby renounce my DDCA membership,” Bedi wrote in his letter.
Jaitley was DDCA president for 14 years, from 1999 to 2013, before stopping the cricket administration. The body plans to have a six-foot statue of him installed in the Kotla to honor his memory.
DDCA had one of the booths named after Bedi in November 2017, along with Mohinder Amarnath.
“I made this decision with sufficient deliberation. I am not inclined to ignore the honor bestowed on me. But as we all know responsibility comes with it. They begged me for the total respect and integrity with which I played. Bedi wrote.
“And now I give back the credit for assuring them, all those four decades after my retirement, that I still maintain those values.”
Bedi put his decision in context, writing that he was never a fan of Arun Jaitley’s work style and always opposed decisions that he disagreed with.
“My reservations about the choice of the people he hand-picked to run the day-to-day affairs of DDCA are well known. I remember walking away from a meeting in his hometown, which left him unable to organize a meeting. throwing away noisy element in terribly foul language, “Bedi wrote.
“I think I was too strong … too old school … & too proud an Indian cricketer to be co-opted into the corrupt darbar of sycophants that Arun Jaitley collected during his stewardship with the Kotla.”
Bedi said it pains him that even current leadership follows the culture of “creeping tribute.”
“After the Feroze Shah Kotla was hastily and most undeservedly named after Late Arun Jaitley, my response at the time was perhaps somehow common sense to keep Kotla holy,” he wrote.
‘How wrong I was. Now I am collecting a statue of the late Arun Jaitley to be installed at the Kotla. I am not at all fond of the thought of a statue of Arun Jaitley coming to Kotla. ‘
Bedi said that since the deceased driver was primarily a politician, Parliament should ‘remember him for posterity’.
“This is not a rhetorical assessment, but a factual assessment of his time at DDCA. Take my word for it, failures don’t have to be celebrated with plaques and busts. They should be forgotten,” he wrote.
Citing examples of how great cricketers in other countries have been honored, Bedi said: “People who surround you right now will never tell you it’s 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 recent vintage at the MCG … who adorn their cricket stages with the Spirit of Cricket that is never out of place.
“… Sports arenas need sporty role models. The managers’ place is in their glass huts.
“Since DDCA doesn’t understand this universal cricket culture, I have to walk out. I can’t be part of a stadium that has its priorities so seriously wrong and where drivers have priority over the cricketers.
“Please take my name off the stands with immediate effect.”
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