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Checks and balances: DDCA looks to clip sports committee’s wings

cricket Updated: Aug 25, 2010 00:17 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times
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The executive committee of the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) is apparently inching towards a consensus on the need to clip the wings of the Sports Working Committee (SWC).

In a three-hour meeting of the committee's top officials at DDCA president Arun Jaitley's home on Monday evening (which also witnessed an acrimonious clash between an executive committee member and the SWC Convener, who was present for part of the meeting) two major proposals were discussed.

One, to curtail the SWC's financial powers and hand the financial decision-making over to the executive committee and the second, to dilute the SWC's powers vis-à-vis affiliated clubs, especially the institutional bodies.

These proposals come in the wake of an internal probe panel holding the SWC guilty of taking “unilateral and arbitrary decisions detrimental to the working of the association”.

“As per the proposal, the Sports Working Committee will need prior budgetary sanction from the finance committee for all expenses they intend to undertake,” said a source who was present at the meeting.

“The idea is to restrain the Sports Committee from arbitrarily spend without accountability and offer freebies to people of their choice,” he added.

The executive committee members are also planning to look into whether institutional clubs should actually continue to be affiliated to the DDCA or not. “Institutional clubs were meant to be affiliated because they served a purpose. They gave deserving candidates jobs by the dozen through sports quotas, provided a feeder system to the association and had regular, quality teams. Now that's all changed, so their association might also end,” said another official.

Incidentally, the probe panel, headed by DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan, has also suggested reviewing the affiliation of the institutional clubs that don't give employment to cricketers.

The executive also felt that the power to change the nature and ownership of any club should rest entirely with them and also plan to verify clubs nominees in all meetings and elections. “Basically, the voters list for elections will need to have the approval of the executive committee,” said an official.

Sources also revealed that the Sports Working Committee’s recent practice of holding its annual function in five star hotels also came in for sharp criticism from some members of the executive committee.

Meanwhile, there is no news yet on whether any action will be taken on the officials indicted by the probe panel. Watch this space for more on that front.