New Delhi: It seems like yet another embarrassing day for the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when Delhi Chief Aravind Kejriwal alleged in an interview earlier today that a DDCA official obstructed the modesty of a woman by texting the mother of a junior cricketer to “come to my place at night” for her son to be selected.
In an interview with a news channel, Kejriwal asserted that the lady is the wife of a senior journalist, whose son was in a disagreement for one of Delhi’s junior teams. The journalist was ready to depose before in Delhi government’s Commission of Inquiry. This is was on account of the irregularities in the DDCA.
“A very senior journalist called me on the phone who is a very good friend of yours,” Kejriwal said. “His son plays cricket. He told me… he got a call that his son was selected. In the evening, when the list came, his name was not there. Can you believe that the next day, the journalist’s wife got an SMS that you come to my (official’s) place at night, your son’s selection will be done,” he added.
Sources said that the previous month, the DDCA had picked the Under-14 and Under-16 squads after holding selection trials for over 1,000 junior cricketers. “Since there are no leagues for under-14 and even the school cricket circuit hasn’t evolved in DDCA, teams are decided after open trials,” a DDCA official said. Allegations of age-group team selections not being based on merit have been levelled against DDCA selectors in the past but never been substantiated.