- Spin veteran Bedi is not happy with DDCA’s work
- Has written a letter to current DDCA chairman Rohan Jaitley
- In 2017, a stand was named after Bedi.
Disturbed by the decision to erect a statue of the late Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Arun Jaitley, veteran spinner Bishansinh Bedi at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground has asked the cricket association to remove his name from the visitors’ gallery. The stand was named after him in 2017. The DDCA has also resigned in protest.
In a conversation with a TV channel, Bedi said, “I have done what Jamir said. It is not right to fool a leader in a cricket ground. This thing doesn’t come to my mind. I’m not stopping them from applying fetish. I say remove my name from there.
Bedi, 74, who had attacked the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), also quit the association, accusing it of nepotism and “putting administrators above cricketers”. In a letter to Rohan Jaitley, the current president of DDCA and son of Arun Jaitley, he said, “I am a very tolerant person, but now my patience is breaking. The DDCA has tested my patience and forced me to take this drastic step.
Bedi said, ‘Mr. President, I urge you to remove my name from my stand and it should be done with immediate effect. I also quit the DDCA membership.
Jaitley was DDCA president for 14 years between 1999 and 2013. The Cricket Association is considering placing a six-foot statue on Kotla in his memory. In 2017, the DDCA named the stands after Mohinder Amarnath and Bedi.
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Bedi said, “I have taken this decision very thoughtfully. I am not one of those who insults honor. But we know that responsibility also comes with respect. I return the honor to ensure that the values I have played with cricket for four decades after retirement remain the same. ‘
He said he never appreciated Jaitley’s work style and always opposed decisions that he did not consider appropriate. He said, ‘Everyone knows my objections to the way he used to select people to run the DDCA. I once walked out of a meeting I met at his house because he couldn’t show the abusive person the way out.
Bedi said, ‘I am very strict in this matter. Probably too old. But I am so proud to be an Indian cricketer that it was not considered necessary to appear in court to compliment Arun Jaitley.
He said, “The Firozesh Kotla ground was named after the late Arun Jaitley, which was wrong. But I thought that at some point, there would be goodwill. But I was wrong. Now I have heard that Arun Jaitley is putting a statue on Kotla. I can’t even imagine it.
He said there was a leader as original as heaven and Parliament should cherish his memories. He said, ‘Don’t celebrate failure with mementos and mannequins. They have to be forgotten.
“People around you won’t tell you that there are statues of WG Grace at Lord’s, Sir Jack Hobbs at the Oval, Sir Don Bradman at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sir Gary Sobers at Barbados and Shane Warne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground,” Bedi said.
He said, “There should be role models on the playground. The managers ’location is in their glass cabin. DDC doesn’t understand this global culture, so I think it’s worth staying ahead of it. I don’t want to be part of a stadium whose priorities are wrong. Where administrators are placed over cricketers. Please remove my name with immediate effect.