Spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi threatened to take legal action against the DDCA if his name was not immediately removed from the stands at the stadium of Feroz Shah Kotla.
Beddy wrote a letter to the Delhi and District Cricket Association on Wednesday, claiming to have installed a statue of the deceased President Arun Zeitley in Kotla.
In the absence of DDCA’s response, Bedi wrote another letter to the cricket organization on Saturday.
“A few days have passed since I sent the letter. Minutes after the letter was released, I overwhelmingly supported the cricket fraternity around the world. But it’s regrettable that you didn’t respond,” Bedi wrote in a letter to DDCA President Rohan Jaitley.
“… I hope that our people will still have the right to decide as individuals what they want to associate with and where their nameplates can have dignity. Don’t force me to seek legal relief.” Bedi has also decided to give up membership in DDCA.
In his mean letter, Bedi questioned the “misadvised” and “inexplicable” silence of the DDCA president.
“Silence reveals your naivety in your seemingly ailing advice to my letter that sparked public debate on perpetuating politicians in the sports arena,” he wrote.
“Your inexplicable silence also highlights the guilt of taking power positions because of your sex.
“Finally, I want you to have a basic courtesy to answer to a former cricketer who doesn’t ask for a favor and his cricket integrity doesn’t want to barter.” Jaitley’s statue will be unveiled by BCCI’s President Sourav Ganguly in Kotla on Monday, with union interior minister Amit Shah and former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur present.
Bedi has served as a minister in the BJP-led NDA government and said he does not want to be associated with the cricket stadium with the statue of the late politician who died last year due to multiple health problems.
“I wanted to know that DDCA has a tradition of ignoring the voices of cricketers. There is a reason for an urgent request,” he said, 74.
“… not a day or a minute, it will make you feel better to be part of a cricket stadium with a statue of a person. Some of the cricket pitches I firmly believe have drastically reduced cricket value in the capital with minimal words.
“No, I don’t want to make a stand in my name when the statue of Arun Zatley is visibly and without shame.” Jaitley was DDCA President for 14 years from 1999 to 2013 before leaving cricket administration. The body plans to install his six-foot-tall statue in Kotla to honor his memory.
DDCA named one of the stands after Bedi along with another former Indian player Mohinder Amarnath in November 2017.