Hailing cricketer Virat Kohli as “a whistleblower who exposed corruption” in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), the Aam Aadmi Party Thursday said the player was India’s Test captain because of his credentials and not because of the cricket body’s support.
Citing an interview to The Hindu, by Kohli the party quoted him as saying, “Being ignored for the Delhi under-14 squad was shattering for me. You know well how the system works in Delhi. The option was to do someone a favour and get me into the team. That option was presented to my father and was promptly dismissed. Next year I got into the team on my credentials.”
“Kohli clearly said in this interview that his father, late Prem Kohli, was approached for a favour, and when he dismissed the offer, Virat was ignored and not selected for under-14 squad. This happened between 2001 and 2003, when Arun Jaitley was the DDCA President. We sincerely urge Jaitley that after this exposé made by Kohli, he will not be targeted and hounded by him and his career will not be ruined,” AAP leader Ashutosh told reporters. “Can Arun Jaitley deny the specific allegations made by Kohli? Will he please, at least now, come out and say sorry to the nation for rampant corruption in the DDCA during his tenure as president of the body?”
Keeping up the attack on Union Finance Minister Jaitley, the AAP released a report prepared by DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan pointing out irregularities in the association. The report dated August 5, 2010, has remarks against then DDCA Sports Secretary Sunil Dev.