Updated: December 15, 2020 8:13:39 am
Former India multilateral Kirti Azad has applied for the position of selector in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). Azad, who has played 142 first-class games, including seven Test matches, has raised issues of corruption, bias and age fraud in the state unit for years.
Azad said he applied for the position of selector with the intention of helping Delhi regain its glorious days from the 1970s to the early 1990s, when the team reached a dozen finals and won the Ranji Trophy six times.
“I was a national selector and during my time, Gautam Gambhir entered the Indian side. Young Shikhar Dhawan, who played under-19 cricket, was brought into the Delhi team. I want the glorious days of Delhi cricket to return. I am basically a sportsman at heart and optionally a politician. It was an opening to serve the game of cricket that gave me so much, so I applied for it, ”Azad said.
A member of the world championship team winning in 1983, Azad had differences with former DDCA president and union minister Arun Jaitley. He was expelled from the BJP for anti-party activities in 2015 after targeting Jaitley for irregularities in the association. Jaitley Rohan’s son is the current DDCA president.
“Those numbers had nothing to do with cricket. It was a point of view. If there are 10 people sitting in a room, there are different points of view. But yes, certain facts had to be considered. I did raise issues about corruption, but what does that have to do with it now? I congratulated him (Rohan) and gave my full support. He wants to do well, I am like a father figure to him and I think we need to support such young people, ”Azad said.
Speaking about the challenges of being a voter in a state association where there have been allegations of favoritism and age-related fraud in the past, Azad said: “Age fraud was not raised by me alone. Even Rahul Dravid raised the issue during Pataudi’s lecture. suppose this is something everyone would say we need to look at. It’s not hard to make choices (transparent) while you’re honest with yourself. “
The 61-year-old Congress politician believes that by giving cricket clubs proper support, the game will progress in the Capital.
“I would say the clubs have been serving Delhi cricket for a long time. We need to give a lot of impetus to the clubs. I have heard that DDCA wants to set up academies which are very much needed now. In our time, we had only one manager and no one else. But now with new technology, we have to compete with other states. I am happy that the academies will be created. The club structure needs to be improved, as it was the clubs that were the supply line. “
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