DDCA urges BCCI for release of pending funds

The Delhi and District Cricket Association has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India to urgently release an interim amount from the State body’s due subsidy.

The DDCA, citing the COVID-19 emergence situation, has pleaded that the funds are needed on urgent basis to pay the dues of cricketers, coaches, selectors, umpires, scorers, managers, affiliated clubs and support staff. The DDCA has stated that it was struggling to clear the dues.

In the letter jointly addressed to the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, honorary secretary Jay Shah and treasurer Arun Dhumal, the DDCA secretary Vinod Tihara has also referred to the Delhi High Court directive of June 13.

The Delhi High Court had directed the BCCI to pay “the due monies in the DDCA account within two weeks”. The BCCI counsel, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had assured the court that the “monies shall be paid into the account of the DDCA by BCCI within two weeks from the date of the receipt of the court order”.

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Tihara has also highlighted the fact that how he was “unlawfully” not allowed to deliver his duties as the secretary by former DDCA president Rajat Sharma. The tussle had led to a long legal battle as the media baron had kept the secretary out of the office in spite of the orders by the trial and the Delhi High Court.

Tihara, while highlighting the long legal battle for his reinstatement, had stated that “now after the legal battles are over and dust has finally settled down, I have resumed to discharge my responsibilities as the secretary of the association. The first thing I want to implement and honour is to pay outstanding dues of the cricketers, coaches, selectors, umpires, scorers, affiliated clubs, support staff, cricket vendors etc.”.

SportzFront is in possession of a copy of the letter, which further states that the DDCA has submitted to the BCCI its balance sheets from 2012-13, duly approved by the at the AGM in December last year.

The letter also points out that the BCCI owes around ₹150 crores to the DDCA in subsidies dues since 2013.

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