New Delhi: ABP News' investigation into the DDCA scam has had a major impact, with the DDCA mulling to shut down its Sports Committee next month.
The recent development comes after ABP News went into the murky depths of DDCA operations to unearth a shady scam. Investigations revealed that majority of cricket clubs under the controversial cricket administrative body only run on papers. What are clubs?
Around 111 clubs are registered with the DDCA. Their job is to promote cricket among youngsters and to give them platforms to showcase their talent. These clubs include government and private clubs. These clubs provide cricket pitches, equipments and refreshments to young cricketers.
How many clubs actually operate?
Out of the 111 clubs, only 25 operate properly. Rest are only on papers. The remaining clubs have no practise pitches, equipment, ground or even offices. DDCA acknowledges this fact.
Why do these clubs function?
The big question is why these clubs function if they have no facilities to promote cricket.
These clubs are given Rs 80 thousand per year as grant. And they get Rs 50 thousand additionally for refreshments. But Rs 1.30 lakh is not the only reason they are run.
Every clubs gets 15 matches to play. And based on these matches, selection is being done for the Ranji team and even national team. The big game starts here.
A lot of clubs are being given on rent. Around 50 thousand of these clubs are being run on rent of Rs 3-4 lakh per month. The individual who takes these clubs on rent charges Rs 30 thousand from every player to play these matches.
The trade of clubs
These clubs are traded as a commodity in a market. Recently, these clubs were even sold for Rs 1 crore. DDCA just has to give a simple document with the name of the owner. Observers of a Patiala House Court who supervised DDCA sports committee elections Justice Thareja and Justice Babu Lal submitted a report on the racket. The report says three clubs Youngsters Cricket Club, GN Golden CC and Citizen Cricket Club have been registered on one address.
The report further says that Khosla club became KN Colts and then changed to Kailash Nagar clubs. The Syndicate Bank club suddenly became a private club.
Many of these clubs changed ownership without notifying DDCA. DDCA has no information on these clubs.
Why DDCA ignores this scam
DDCA’s cricket activities are monitored by Cricket Committee. This Committee appoints coaches and selectors. A club owner can vote to select the members of these committees.