The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) is facing a huge financial crunch. With a balance of just Rs 46 lakh in two bank account and pending payments worth Rs 49 lakh, the association is struggling to keep its head above the water.
DDCA’s financial position has become so weak that the prestigious DDCA league, which has produced top Indian cricketers like Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra has been indefinitely postponed. The association does not have money to pay the salaries of 120 employees and would have struggled to bear the expenses of the Delhi team had it qualified for the Ranji Trophy knockout stage.
Till DDCA submits its accounts, BCCI, technically, cannot release funds. Last month, DDCA had approached the board for a payment of Rs 3 crore for hosting the India-New Zealand ODI match at the Kotla and staging a practice game involving the visiting New Zealand team and the defending champions Mumbai. According to Ajay Shirke of the BCCI, “The Supreme Court has refrained BCCI from making any disbursement of funds for any purpose whatsoever to any state association.”