Describing Bishan Singh Bedi because the ‘Bisham Pitamah’ of Delhi cricket, DDCA President Rohan Jaitley on Monday stated the affiliation will request the previous India spinner to withdraw his demand of eradicating his identify from a stand on the Feroz Shah Kotla floor.
Bedi had criticised the controversy and corruption-ridden Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for selecting to set up the statue of an administrator on the stadium as an alternative of an inspirational cricketer and demanded that his identify be faraway from one of many Kotla stands.
Rohan, who just lately took over as DDCA President, stated he would have most popular Bedi to talk about the difficulty with him personally and never made “below the belt” remarks in opposition to his father, who died final yr due to a number of well being points.
DDCA went forward and unveiled the statue on Monday.
“Bedi ji is the ‘Bhisham Pitamah’ of Delhi cricket. If there are reservations, there are better ways of discussing. I am a youngster and I expect to be guided by the elders in the fraternity. His name on the stands is his legacy, an honour bestowed upon him,” Rohan stated after the revealing ceremony.
“These matters have to decided by the Apex Council. It’s not in my domain. It’s not in my power to remove anyone’s name. We have discussed it within the DDCA. We are going to request him to reconsider it. It’s a long affiliation between the DDCA and Mr Bedi.”
Asked if it actually issues to DDCA if Bedi’s identify stays on the stands of the Kotla floor, Rohan stated “it does”.
“It issues, I would like his identify to be there. I resect him as a lot as my father, if he desires to scold me, he can pull my ear however you may’t hit under the belt when it isn’t required.
“Raising (casting) aspersion on someone who is not among us is not fair. If there are reservations, I would have addressed rather than hearing from the media. I am accessible, available to everyone on board.”
Rohan stated the choices of renaming the stadium as Aun Jaitley Stadium and set up of his father’s statue have been taken earlier than he grew to become the DDCA president.
“There are ways to address the grievances. If you start attacking someone, who has just stepped into the office…. I am trying my best to get DDCA’s glory back. I can’t do it overnight, it will take some time,” he stated.
Sharing his imaginative and prescient for DDCA, Rohan stated gamers will be on the centre of all improvement.
“World class infrastructure for gamers and members, a world class health club will be there within the subsequent few months. We are upgrading cricketing infrastructure, the brand new lights are being deliberate. We are already speaking with the DDA on organising of academies. Two grounds have been recognized already.
“We are trying to bring in a more transparent system. Development plans will begin. The old clubhouse has issues, we are already communicating with IIT Delhi to rectify.”