On Saturday afternoon on the Ferozeshah Kotla, a retired Excessive Courtroom decide started the method of overseeing Check match preparations on behalf on an age-previous, corruption-ridden cricket affiliation.
It’s an undesirable state of affairs for any sports activities physique and one in every of Justice Mukul Mudgal’s first steps was make sure the appointment of a former Deputy Comptroller and Auditor Common (CAG) to take care of the tender processes for the fourth Check between India and South Africa beginning Dec three.
“All of the tenders that can be issued for the Check match shall be verified independently by a former deputy CAG. With a purpose to make the method truthful and clear, all tender paperwork can be checked and scrutinized by him,” Mudgal introduced earlier than he took questions from the media.
Wearing a denim pant and a T-shirt, Mudgal took a spherical of the stadium, inspecting every nook and searching on the consolation issue of spectators. Meals, water, washrooms and old style ticket counters, all got here underneath his scrutiny.
His intention, clearly, is to have the controversy-ridden DDCA on its toes and shake up the Delhi cricket institution. Mudgal’s appointment by the Delhi Excessive Courtroom is being perceived in some quarters as a slap within the face of the faction-ridden DDCA. These inside the affiliation who’re extra optimistic see this as step one to ridding Delhi cricket of its ills.
Justice Mudgal, in any case, is accustomed to how the present is run in Indian cricket and he loves the game too. He’s additionally the person who rattled a couple of highly effective forces within the Indian cricket board (BCCI) whereas probing the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.
“I need to make the match spectator-pleasant,” Mudgal declared. “Not many individuals come to observe Exams today. We now have given a proposal, topic to the approval of the Excessive Courtroom, that two stands at floor degree ought to have free tickets for college youngsters, ideally of weaker part. We’ll transfer an software to the HC.
“We’re additionally making an attempt to see youngsters are offered some edibles. We by no means understand how a Kumble, Tendulkar, Dravid or a Bishan Bedi may emerge from them, as a result of these are college students who can by no means afford a Check match ticket. There must be free water, purified by RO, out there with disposable glasses. Meals shall be obtainable at affordable charges and never at exorbitant charges. That is one situation for anyone accepting a meals tender,” he asserted. The avid cricket lover, who’s pleased with having witnessed some storied encounters at this venue, stated with a smirk: “This stadium must be labored on.”
In acknowledgement of Mudgal’s concepts, Chetan Chauhan, DDCA’s working president, stated : “If want be, the DDCA itself can purchase and maintain again 10,000 tickets every day for college youngsters.”
Tickets and free passes usually gasoline the omnipresent infighting in DDCA. Swindling allegations multiply when a world match is performed. Mudgal stated solely 10,000 free passes had been allotted as per the courtroom’s order. “In a Check match, we do not envisage a full home. That is why the thought of calling faculty youngsters, since empty stands don’t present a cricketing environment,” he stated. “There’s going to be a ticket counter. There could also be one company to provide tickets on-line however there will definitely be a bodily old style ticket counter, which I used to be used to, throughout my youth,” a assured Mudgal remarked.