The Delhi and District Cricket Association’s league matches have been in limbo as members of its executive committee members are at loggerheads over previous payments made for conduct of these games. While one section of the executive committee allege that money, paid towards renting of grounds, has to be recovered and accounted as a lesser number of matches have been conducted, the other side argues that the rentals have gone up and that trial matches have not been taken into consideration. As a result fresh payments or issuing of cheques towards rent, ‘water expenses’ and umpire match fees, have been put on hold and this in turn has resulted in matches being put on hold.
The DDCA has 111 clubs under its jurisdiction which play a total of nearly 1,000 matches a season. Till date only 109 matches of the league have been conducted and the games scheduled for the first two weeks of December have been postponed as the executive committee has not cleared funds for the conduct of these games.
DDCA’s sport secretary Sunil Dev, following a sports committee meeting on Monday evening, said that efforts were on to find a middle-ground among executive committee members in order for the league to resume.
‘Need to put game first’
“I am not taking sides but everyone needs to put the game first. We have to get the league up and running as soon as possible so that the players and clubs don’t suffer,” Dev said.
According to a DDCA official some of the hosting grounds allowed matches to be conducted previously this season — though rentals were not paid in advance — because of the goodwill of some of the officials or the influence a few clubs have at certain grounds. However, when it comes to grounds of the Delhi Development Authority and the Indian Air Force, unless a cheque is issued in advance the ground is not made available.
Pradeep Agarwal, the convenor of the league and tournament committee said that he was confident that in the next couple of days matters would be resolved and matches would commence.