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Bedi blames DDCA for Jimmy ouster

New Delhi: Bishan Singh Bedi feels infighting in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) denied Mohinder Amarnath an opportunity to become the chairman of the national selection committee.

While addressing a press conference to expose the alleged corruption in the parent body of Delhi cricket, the legendary spinner said: “It is sad that Jimmy lost the chance to head the national panel because of personal interest of some people in the DDCA. He should have received more support from Delhi.”

Bedi, however, was quick to point out that he did not believe in zonal system while picking up selection committees. “Whatever Narayanswami Srinivasan (president, Board of Control for Cricket in India) says is not cricketing gospel... One can pick any three to five people for the selection committee, from any zone. But they should be men with integrity. The zonal system, I believe, is a medieval style of functioning,” said Bedi.

Bedi said: “There is one guy, who is omnipotent in BCCI… No one can challenge him. That’s not a good trend… Indian cricket is going down, we all know it.”

Asked whether he blamed DDCA president Arun Jaitley for Amarnath’s removal and Delhi cricket’s poor state of health in general, Bedi said he had nothing personal against Jaitley. “Personally, I have no complaint against Jaitley… But I have enormous complaint about the way he runs cricket in Delhi. DDCA is being run in the worst possible manner.”