Controversies and the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) appear inseparable. Just when they seemed to have wrapped up the World Cup matches without any major hiccup, a fresh row appeared to break out.
This time it is over one of their own being allowed access into the Indian dressing room during Wednesday’s game against the Netherlands. A TV channel showed clips of the official standing on the dressing room balcony during the game and claimed he had links with bookies.
The official, Pradeep Agarwal, is a member of DDCA’s sports working committee. A senior official, who did not discuss the controversy, said for any entry into the team dressing room, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) will have to give clearance.
“Anyone who has been allowed entry there means he has been cleared. The DDCA by itself cannot issue it. The sports committee recommends the name, police verification is done and the card is made,” DDCA’s Narinder Batra told HT.
Some DDCA officials claimed Agarwal’s presence was not proper, particularly because of the heightened vigil against corruption in the game. Former Test batsman Chetan Chauhan, a DDCA vice-president, confirmed that Agarwal was a local liaison officer during the match.
“I have no idea whether he was there. Normally, only the board’s official media manager is entitled there during a match. You need a special pass from the ACU commissioner.”