Delhi cricketers throw their weight behind Arun Jaitley

Delhi cricketers throw their weight behind Arun Jaitley

By: || Updated: 21 Dec 2015 03:43 AM
New Delhi: Facing allegations of corruption, under-fire former Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) President Arun Jaitley has got the backing of some of the biggest cricket stars to emerge from the state.

Finance Minister Jaitley, who headed DDCA for 13 years till 2013, has been accused of corruption by the Delhi Government during his tenure. The state government has demanded that Jaitley must resign or be “removed” from the union cabinet to enable an independent probe.

The first one to come out in open was former swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag, who switched loyalties to Haryana from Delhi and retired from international cricket earlier this year. Sehwag steered clear of making any political claim but lauded Jaitley’s role in helping players in a series of tweets.

“In my time with DDCA if I ever came to know of any ‘surprising’ selection of a player, all I needed to do was to inform @arunjaitley,” Sehwag wrote.

“And @arunjaitley Ji would immediately ensure correction and justice for the deserving players at #DDCA…Was a nightmare to speak to some others at DDCA but @arunjaitley ji was always available for players in case of any difficulty at any time,” he added.


The veteran of 104 Tests is one of the biggest names in international cricket to have emerged from Delhi.

Sehwag’s long-time teammate and current Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir followed suit and showed his support for the erstwhile DDCA president saying it is ‘grossly inappropriate" to blame Jaitley for corruption in DDCA.

“Grossly inappropriate 2 (to) blame @arunjaitley ji 4 (for) corruption in DDCA. He was d (the) one who got Delhi a proper stadium widout (without) taxpayer’s money.


“Appalling to note some ex-players blame @arunjaitley ji for all that’s wrong in DDCA. Whereas dey (they) enjoyed plum posts in DDCA coz (because) of him,” Gambhir said.


Later in the day, current Test skipper Virat Kohli, opener Shikhar Dhawan and medium-pacer Ishant Sharma too backed Jaitley.

“Grateful to have @arunjaitley ji as the president of our association . He has always wanted to improve the game & help cricketers in everyway,” Kohli tweeted.



Shikhar mentioned that players from 'humble background' always benefited under Jaitley's presidentship.


Ishant said he always liked interacting with Jaitley.







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