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Ex-India player Madan Lal to contest against Rajat Sharma in DDCA elections

The 67-year-old Madan Lal has the backing of the group, which is being supported by BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna and Chetan Chauhan.

cricket Updated: May 20, 2018 21:48 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Madal Lal will contest the DDCA elections for the post of president.(Twitter)

Former India player Madan Lal has decided to contest against noted journalist Rajat Sharma for the post of president in the upcoming Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) elections on June 30.

The 67-year-old Lal has the backing of the group, which is being supported by BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna and Chetan Chauhan.

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Lal has served as head of the Cricket Advisory Committee under Justice (retd) Vikramajit Sen, the High Court-appointed administrator of DDCA.

Lal played 39 Tests for India, scoring 1,042 runs at an average of 22.65, while taking 71 wickets at 40.08. The bowling all-rounder represented India in 67 One-day Internationals and picked up 73 wickets at 29.27, while scoring 401 runs.

Lal has also served as coach of the Indian team from September 1996 to September 1997, after coaching the UAE team in the 1996 World Cup.

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He was also a member of the national selection committee in 2000-01.

On the other hand, Sharma is backed by former DDCA president Sneh Bansal and former treasurer Narinder Batra who is also the president of the Indian Olympic Association and International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Senior advocate of SC to contest

Senior advocate of the Supreme Court Vikas Singh will contest for the president’s post also, which was held by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley from 1999 to 2013.

Singh, who is also the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), today said he would be filing his nomination papers for the June 30 DDCA polls tomorrow.

Singh will be challenging Rajat Sharma, an eminent journalist who has been fielded by one of the DDCA factions, for the prestigious post.

The senior advocate told PTI that he would contest the DDCA election and that he had the support of a considerable number of members of the association, including some former Delhi cricketers.

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Founded in 1883, the DDCA got the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) affiliation in 1928. It is headquartered at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the national capital.

The first Indian president of the DDCA was Ram Prakash Mehra. He was also the longest-serving president of the association for 30 years (1952-1982).

Jaitley had also held the post for 14 years (1999-2013).

First Published: May 20, 2018 21:40 IST