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Updated: December 1, 2009 13:11 IST

Jaitley steps in as DDCA crisis ends

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DDCA president, Arun Jaitley addressing a press meet in New Delhi. Photo: S. Subramanium
DDCA president, Arun Jaitley addressing a press meet in New Delhi. Photo: S. Subramanium

The players’ mutiny in the Delhi and District Cricket Association spearheaded by Virender Sehwag ended with DDCA president Arun Jaitley accepting their demand of fairness in selection process.

The uproar had started after Sehwag alleged that there was corruption and nepotism in the selection process, claiming interference by the all-powerful Sports Committee. The star Indian opener had threatened to quit the Delhi Ranji team if things did not change.

Jaitley denied allegations of interference against the Sports Committee but assured that the selection process would be made more transparent after meeting Sehwag and another revolting player Gautam Gambhir.

“Steps are required to ensure that the selection process is fair. No interference is acceptable and would not be tolerated. The players’ suggestions were well-intentioned,” Jaitley told reporters.

“I told them (the players) and my colleagues that steps should be taken to ensure that the standard of fairness is maintained. It’s obvious that we require selectors who are experienced, who have a strong spine to be fair and firm,” he said.

On the role of the Sports Committee, Jaitley said it was only a recommending body and the ultimate authority lay with the Executive Committee.

“The Sports Committee is a body of various clubs of Delhi. They organise tournament and leagues. The committee only makes suggestions and recommendations, including the choice of selectors but the decisions are made by the Executive Committee,” Jaitley said.

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