New Delhi: In a blow to DDCA, a Delhi government-appointed inquiry panel today recommended its immediate suspension by the BCCI for alleged irregularities including financial bunglings and said an interim committee of professional cricketers should manage affairs of the game in the capital. The report came amid continuing uncertainty over the venue for the fourth and final cricket Test between India and South Africa with Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) seeking a one-day extension of the deadline set by BCCI for obtaining all clearances by the state association.
The committee said the government should appoint a Commission of Inquiry under the Commission of Enquiries Act to probe affairs of the cricket administrator while mentioning about findings on DDCA’s alleged wrongdoings by various probe panels in the recent past including the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO). Observing that the DDCA is directly or indirectly funded by the government and it should be brought under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. It said the office bearers of DDCA are subject to the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. “The BCCI cannot continue to have a hands-off approach and should suspend DDCA as per the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the BCCI, Regulation 32 (vii) and streamline the administration of DDCA. In the interim, professional cricketers should manage the affairs of cricket in Delhi,” said the report of the committee which has been made public by the city government.
The inquiry committee was appointed by Delhi government last week after a number of former cricketers raised the issue of DDCA’s functioning with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi government said it was currently examining the report and will soon decide its further course of action. The committee met BCCI president Shashank Manohar in Nagpur on Saturday during which the option of holding of the fourth Test through a group of professionals with support from Delhi government was discussed. The report said Manohar was not supportive of it as he felt similar demands might be raised in other states.
Considering the “large number of allegations against DDCA”, the probe panel recommended that Delhi government should approach the Supreme Court with a request to have Justice Lodha Committee advice regarding streamlining of the functioning of the cricket administrator. The Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha committee, which probed IPL betting scandal, is currently working on its recommendations to reform the way the BCCI functions.