Bishan Singh Bedi Threatens Legal Action Against DDCA, Demands Immediate Removal Of Name From Feroz Shah Kotla Stand

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Spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi has threatened to take authorized motion towards the DDCA if his identify just isn’t faraway from a spectators’ stand on the Feroz Shah Kotla floor with rapid impact. On Wednesday, Bedi had shot a letter to the Delhi and District Cricket Affiliation, lambasting it for putting in a statue of its late former President Arun Jaitley on the Kotla. Within the absence of any response from DDCA, Bedi wrote one other letter to the cricket physique on Saturday. “It has been a couple of days since I wrote to you … Whereas inside minutes of my letter going public I had the overwhelming help of the cricket fraternity throughout the globe. However I am unhappy there’s been no response from you,” Bedi wrote in his letter addressed to DDCA President Rohan Jaitley.

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“… I hope in our nation individuals nonetheless have a proper to resolve as people what they want to be related to & the place their nameplates can grasp with dignity. Please do not push me to take a authorized recourse.”

Bedi had additionally determined to resign his membership of the DDCA. In his scathing letter, Bedi questioned the DDCA president’s “ill-advised” and “inexplicable” silence.

“Your seemingly ill-advised silence to my letter that has triggered a public debate about perpetuating politicians at sporting venues exposes your naivety,” he wrote.

“Your inexplicable silence additionally underlines guilt of occupying a place of energy solely due to your loved ones identify, which, you clearly want to promote, come what might.

“Lastly, I hope you’ll have the essential courtesy to answer to a former cricketer who just isn’t asking for a favour, however desires his cricketing integrity to not be bartered away.”

The statue of Jaitley will likely be unveiled by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly at Kotla on Monday within the presence of union house minister Amit Shah and former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur, amongst others. Bedi stated he didn’t want to be related to the cricket stadium which has a statue of the late politician, who was a minister within the BJP-led NDA authorities and died final yr owing to a number of well being points.

“I have been round lengthy to know DDCA has a convention of ignoring cricketers’ voice, therefore this reminder. There is a cause for my pressing request,” the 74-year-old stated.

“… Not for a day or perhaps a minute would I really feel higher to be a part of a cricket stadium which has a statue of an individual, who I strongly imagine, introduced down cricketing values within the Capital vastly to say the least.

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“No, I do not want a stand in my identify when late Arun Jaitley’s statue is erected with none seen disgrace.”

Jaitley was DDCA president for 14 years, from 1999 to 2013, earlier than quitting cricket administration. The physique plans to have a six-foot statue of him put in on the Kotla to honour his reminiscence. DDCA had named one of many stands after Bedi in November 2017 together with one other former India participant Mohinder Amarnath.

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