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Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president

Within hours of Sharma’s resignation, CEO Ravi Chopra also put in his papers
Rajat Sharma

TT Bureau   |   Calcutta   |   Published 16.11.19, 08:04 PM

Rajat Sharma on Saturday resigned as president of Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), citing his inability to continue amid “pulls and pressures” within the organisation.

Sharma’s nearly 20-month tenure was a tumultuous one with general secretary Vinod Tihara, who enjoys a fair amount of support inside DDCA, often making his differences with the president public.

“The cricket administration here is full of pulls and pressures all the time. I feel that vested interests are always actively working against the interest of cricket,” Sharma said in a statement.

“It seems that it may not be possible to carry on in DDCA with my principles of integrity, honesty and transparency, which I am not willing to compromise at any cost.”

Within hours of Sharma’s resignation, CEO Ravi Chopra also put in his papers. The two-member Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sunil Valson and Yashpal Sharma also tendered their resignations.

Sharma, who was handpicked by the late Arun Jaitley as DDCA president, lost ground after the former Union minister’s demise.

Sharma had been the front-runner for the president’s post in the run-up to the Board of Control for Cricket in India general body meeting. But he lost the confidence of the powers-that-be a week ahead of the elections.  


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