The Telegraph
Monday , January 7 , 2013
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DDCA ‘insulted’ Zaka Ashraf

New Delhi: The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) has never been regarded as a model affiliate of the Board. But what happened late on Saturday, hours before the third and final ODI, still left one aghast.

According to a well-placed source of The Telegraph, the Arun Jaitley-headed DDCA “insulted” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Zaka Ashraf, by offering him complimentaries outside the new pavilion area.

That’s just not done.

“Apparently, those complimentaries were for seats out in the open, far away from the new pavilion area, where the VIPs sitů That upset Ashraf, who said that he couldn’t ‘disrespect’ his personal guests...

“Ashraf, it seems, went to the extent of saying that his team had already won the ODI series and if he was to be insulted, then the tour could end without the last match being played,” the well-placed source informed on Sunday afternoon.

The well-placed source added: “Ashraf calmed down after the DDCA offered complimentaries in the new pavilion area, something they should have done from the outset.”

But the complimentaries, one learns, weren’t delivered on time, leading to Ashraf’s personal guests reaching the Kotla much after the start of the ODI.

Even if Ashraf ought to have reacted differently, the DDCA must learn that it can’t keep taking everybody for granted.

That, too, all the time.