Bishan Singh Bedi threatens legal action against DDCA, demands immediate removal of name from Feroz Shah Kotla booth


Spider legend Bishan Singh Bedi has threatened to take legal action against the DDCA if his name is not immediately removed from a spectator stand on the grounds of Feroz Shah Kotla. On Wednesday, Bedi had sent a letter to the Delhi and District Cricket Association accusing it of installing a statue of the late former President Arun Jaitley in the Kotla. In the absence of a response from DDCA, Bedi wrote another letter to the cricket authority on Saturday. “It has been a few days since I wrote to you … While within minutes of my letter being made public, I had the overwhelming support of the cricket fraternity around the world. But I am sorry there is no response from you. has come, ”Bedi wrote in his letter to DDCA president Rohan Jaitley.

“… I hope the people in our country still have the right to decide as individuals what they want to be associated with and where to hang their name tags with dignity. Please don’t push me to bring legal proceedings.”

Bedi had also decided to renounce his membership of the DDCA. In his scathing letter, Bedi questioned the “unwise” and “inexplicable” silence of the DDCA president.

“Your seemingly unwise silence in my letter that sparked a public debate about perpetuating politicians in sports venues exposes your naivety,” he wrote.

Your inexplicable silence also underscores the guilt of holding power solely because of your family name, which you clearly want to promote no matter what.

“Finally, I hope you’ll have the basic courtesy to answer a former cricket player who doesn’t ask for a favor but doesn’t want his cricket integrity brushed away.”

Jaitley’s statue will be unveiled on Monday by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly in Kotla in the presence of Interior Minister Amit Shah and former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur, among others. Bedi said he did not want to be associated with the cricket stadium with a statue of the late politician, who was a minister in the BJP-led NDA government and died last year due to multiple health problems.

“I have long known that DDCA has a tradition of ignoring the voice of cricket players, hence this reminder. There is a reason for my urgent request,” said the 74-year-old.

“… I wouldn’t feel a day or even a minute better to be part of a cricket stadium with a statue of a person who, I believe, has dramatically lowered cricket values ​​in the capital to say the least.


“No, I don’t want a stand in my name when the late Arun Jaitley’s statue is erected without apparent shame.”

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 stands named after Bedi in November 2017, along with another former India player Mohinder Amarnath.

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