Mixing work with pleasure isn't generally a good idea, but the Sports Working Committee of the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) apparently thinks otherwise.
In the course of an official meeting on August 6, in actuality, a party that extended beyond, the 10-member committee officially managed to get through 10 bottles of whiskey and 20 bottles of beer, in addition to wolfing down 40 plates of food, even while discussing plans for change in the DDCA's sporting system. There was no bill asked for, nor was any payment offered initially, but their appetite, however, didn't go down too well with other top officials of the executive committee.
The next day's finance committee meeting, in what DDCA insiders are saying is a historic first for an association that revels in freebies, raised objections and insisted that a bill be raised and paid quickly.
"When we found out that so much alcohol was consumed in an official meeting, I and several others raised objections," said Chetan Chauhan, DDCA vice-president. "We are attempting to instill financial discipline and streamline processes in the DDCA."
Sources told HT that SP Bansal, the DDCA's general secretary (who was not partying) picked up the tab (a seemingly subsidized Rs. 14,700), but Bansal said there was nothing to it. "The sports committee members can make use of the facilities once they are done," said Bansal, adding, "The bill was duly paid by Sports Working Committee convenor Vinod Tihara." Bansal though, admitted it was settled "after a couple of days".
There are apparently no plans at the moment to look into any previous meetings or raise bills for the same. "There have been similar in nature, but those have been charged to the DDCA under the head of entertainment expenses," a top member of the executive told HT. "But we won't allow this anymore".
The finance committee, meanwhile, is planning to solve the mystery of how 275 bottles of scotch and 1,500 bottles of beer were mysteriously signed away as expenses during the IPL.