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Delhi cricket body to form improvement committee soon

If all goes well, Delhi cricket could witness the formation of a Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) as early as two months from now.

cricket Updated: Jan 10, 2010 00:40 IST
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If all goes well, Delhi cricket could witness the formation of a Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) as early as two months from now.

In a meeting on Saturday with former players demanding the formation of the committee for some time now, the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) acceded to the demand.

“The former cricketers have given some important suggestions. They have proposed a CIC for DDCA involving former cricketers. We have accepted and welcomed the idea,” said DDCA president Arun Jaitley.

There is, however, a technical glitch. The CIC can come into existence only after the executive committee’s approval. “It’s a good proposal. But the final details will be worked out once we get the nod from our executive committee,” said Jaitley. Former cricketers, including Bishen Singh Bedi, Kirti Azad and Madan Lal sounded optimistic after the meeting.

“We had a positive discussion and DDCA accepted our proposals. We are satisfied with the assurances,” said Azad. Bedi, too, was satisfied.

“We came to discuss the improvement of Delhi cricket. I am pleasantly satisfied with their response. The DDCA has promised that it will do its best to imbibe a CIC in the set-up,” he said.

The other issue that will need elaborate discussion will be the structure and functions of the CIC. While the former players have a clear idea about the form and functions of the committee, the DDCA is unwilling to spell out its stand.

“The committee will be run on the pattern of the one in the Mumbai Cricket Association. We will work to bring in professionalism and remove malpractices related to selection matters and other cricketing matters,” said Azad.

“They have assured us of taking steps and we should give them some time. But if the DCCA does not act, we will resume our campaign,” he added.

DDCA general secretary, SP Bansal, remained non-committal. “We will try and have the committee up and running in two months. But as for its structure, powers and functions, we will need to have discussions,” he said.