DDCA to introduce new age group tourneys, says Bansal

The newly-elected Delhi and District Cricket Association president Sneh Singh Bansal said that new tournaments for players between the Under-19 and Under-25 age groups and three new academies are in the pipeline. "We will introduce new tournaments to help budding cricketers get more opportunity to prove their ability. We want to improve a Delhi cricketer to have the best possible opportunities to prosper. We also plan to open three new academies. One of them could at the Feroz Shah Kotla while there are three to four proposals from people who are keen to start academies," Bansal said.

The DDCA president also added that his panel was keen to utilise the services of former cricketers, including Bishen Singh Bedi and Kirti Azad, provided they come forward with concrete proposals. "About one-and-a-half years back we formed the Cricket Improvement Committee and asked these former players to contribute. But those including Bedi, Azad, Surinder Khanna, Madan Lal and Maninder Singh did not come forward. If they have any proposals for the improvement of the game we will examine it in our executive committee and if it is worthwhile we will consider it," Bansal added.

Former India opener Chetan Chauhan, who was elected as one of the vice-presidents of the DDCA added that once the first executive committee meeting was held, he would propose that former cricketers, including Bedi, be given an 'important' role in Delhi cricket. "We would like to have their expertise and if they are willing to work with us we would be happy," Chauhan said.

Bedi had contested the DDCA elections but he and his panel lost heavily. On the day of the elections, Bedi and Co. had held a protest against the proxy-voting system.

However, Bansal said that the proxy-voting system was legal under the Companies Act under which the DDCA is registered. "They have been trying to simply make proxy-voting an issue when it is completely legal and has been in place previously also," Bansal said.

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