The newly-elected Executive Committee of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Friday reiterated that it has been unanimously taking all the decisions for the welfare of Delhi cricket and is working towards making DDCA a professional and transparent body.
It said that "certain negative elements with vested interests in the DDCA are trying to spread lies about our executive committee and making futile efforts of showing rifts within the executive".
In a press release, the committee further stated that "one individual member of the executive committee of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) is trying to question the decisions taken by the DDCA Executive Committee under the leadership of President Rajat Sharma. We would like to put on record that the Executive Committee of the DDCA has taken all decisions unanimously for the welfare of cricket in Delhi".
It added that the "voice of dissent" was a result of "vested interests and personal favours not being allowed by the President and the Executive Committee."
"We are working together to make the DDCA a professional and transparent body which obviously does not go well with people looking for personal gains," the statement said.
The statement was jointly issued by President Rajat Sharma, Rakesh Bansal (Vice President), OP Sharma (Treasurer), Rajan Manchanda (Joint Secretary), Sudhir Aggarwal (Director), Nitin Gupta (Director), Apurv Jain (Director), Alok Mittal (Director), Renu Khanna (Director), SN Sharma (Director), Rajan Tiwari (Director), RP Singh (Director) and Gautam Gambhir (Director).
In its bid to bring transparency in the functioning of the DDCA, the committee - led by Rajat Sharma - has taken a slew of measures in the last one month.
It has appointed a Cricket Committee comprising of Virender Sehwag, Aakash Chopra and Rahul Sanghvi. Gautam Gambhir is a special invitee to this committee.
Apart from this, it has appointed Justice Badr Durrez Ahmed, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir as the Ombudsman-cum-ethics officer for the DDCA.
Recently, it also made some key appointments. Ravi Kant Chopra was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), PC Vaish was made the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and GR Saxena was appointed as the Chief Operations Officer (COO).
Chopra, who belonged to Indian Defence Estates Service, has held the position of Director General, Defence Estates, Ministry of Defence in the Government of India.
Vaish has been chairman & managing director of National Textiles Corporation Ltd (NTC). Earlier, he worked as chief manager, Finance, at NHPC (National Hydroelectric Power Corporation).
Saxena worked as senior GM, HR & Administration in Indian Express Newspapers (Mumbai) Ltd, and later as senior vice president - HR & Administration at The Indian Express Pvt Ltd. His experience in HR & Administration spans nearly 30 years.
Meanwhile, it also constituted a Finance & Purchase committee comprising of the Treasurer, one elected director, one government nominee director, the CEO and the CFO. This has been done to ensure that all financial decisions are taken in a systematic manner.
The DDCA Executive Committee also stated that the selection process of selectors, coaches, managers and physios has been completed in a professional and transparent manner independently by the cricket committee.