The rift between former players and the Delhi and District Association (DDCA) is getting wider. The DDCA has made a separate section for these players to watch matches, but there seem to be no takers for the area that has 225 seats.
The section went half-empty in the last IPL match and the DDCA is not amused by the fact that hardly any former cricketer was seen sitting there.
Anil Jain, the joint secretary of the DDCA, said, “We have given them a facility. It is disheartening to see them not use it.”
“Ask the DDCA, why former cricketers are not coming,” said a former India cricketer, who did not want to be named, referring to the reason — the differences between ex-players and DDCA that began after the players decided to form a Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) in Delhi.
This had followed the pitch fiasco, in the India-Lanka game in December, when there was noise from former cricketers’ regarding the need to improve the basics.
Some local cricketers have television commitments, while others seem to have no knowledge of the offer. “We have started this section with the hope of continuing with it even in international games. But we’ll have to review it soon. If players don’t come, then we might think of removing the section,” said Jain.