Byline by- Vinayak Heliwal
Legendary Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi, in a letter to the Delhi and District Cricket President Rohan Jaitely asked for the removal of his name from a stand at the Feroz Shah Kotla after coming to know about the plans to install a statue of Late Arun Jaitely, father of Rohan and former president of the association.
Lashing out at the DDCA culture which he alleged promotes nepotism and puts administrators ahead of cricketers, Bedi also renounced his membership of the body.
He made the demand in a scathing letter addressed to the DDCA president Rohan Jaitely. Bedi wrote,“After the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium was named hurriedly and most undeservingly after Late Arun Jaitley, my reaction then was maybe somehow good sense might prevail to keep Kotla sacrosanct. How wrong I was. I now gather a statue of Late Arun Jaitley is going to be installed at the Kotla. I pride myself as a man of immense tolerance and patience but DDCA has truly tested me and forced me to take this drastic action,”
So, Mr. President, I request you to remove my name from the stand named after me with immediate effect.Also, I hereby renounce my DDCA membership. A mere Google search would have helped to know that Late Arun Jaitley’s tenure at DDCA was riddled with corruption. You being a lawyer should also know the cases of massive misappropriation of funds are still pending in courts. Late Arun Jaitley I’m told was an able politician. So it’s the parliament & not a cricket stadium that needs to remember him for posterity.
Bedi and Arun Jaitely were often at loggerheads as the legendary spinner always alleged corruption and misappropriation of funds during Jaitely’s tenure at the helm of DDCA.
Earlier two stands at the Kotla were named after Bishan Singh Bedi and Mohinder Amaranth in 2017 to recognize their contribution to Indian Cricket.