Handling children is a difficult job. Going by this logic perhaps, the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) had as many as nine "paid" officials to manage the 16-member sub-junior team that won the under-14 North Zone tournament here on Monday.
The tournament, incidentally, is not recognised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
For the two-week tournament, held here, the number of officials coincided with the strength of the support staff for the Delhi Ranji team when it is on tour.
There were four assistant coaches to help the coach, Madan Sharma, apart from a manager, a trainer and ground co-ordinator.
Surprisingly, the all-important physiotherapist turned up only on the final day of the event. He was busy with the u-22 team and couldn't make it
A DDCA official, on condition of anonymity, told Hindustan Times on Monday, "Since it is not a BCCI-recognized tournament, there has been no official communication as regards the staff required. No circular came out but the fact is that all of them will be paid out through the treasury.
"These things, and the ones related to Ranji, should have been discussed in the general meeting of the (DDCA) executive committee. But for some reason or the other, the meeting is getting delayed,” he said.
“The law states that the meeting should have been held within 15 days of the elections at most. While the elections took place on September 30, nothingh much has happened on that account. It's been over two months since then.”