Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president, cites various ‘pulls and pressures’

Rajat Sharma had joined cricket administration after receiving active backing from late Arun Jaitley. (PTI Photo)

Just 20 months after taking over as Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) president, senior TV journalist Rajat Sharma tendered his resignation  on Saturday, citing his inability to continue amidst "various pulls and pressures" within the organisation.

Rajat tweeted this morning, "Today I have tendered my resignation from the post of President, DDCA and has sent it to the Apex Council. I thank all of you for your overwhelming support, respect, and affection during my tenure. My best wishes to Delhi Cricket." His tenure was a tumultuous one with his public differences with general secretary Vinod Tihara, who enjoys a fair amount of support base in the organisation.

"The cricket administration here is full of pulls and pressures all the time. I feel that vested interests are always actively working against the interest of cricket," Sharma said in a statement.

"It seems that it may not be possible to carry on in DDCA with my principles of integrity, honesty and transparency, which I am not willing to compromise at any cost," he added.

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Sharma had joined cricket administration after receiving active backing from former finance minister late Arun Jaitley. Many DDCA insiders believe that Sharma lost ground once Jaitley was no more as the late former finance minister was the binding force for all the different factions.

Within hours of Sharma's resignation, CEO Ravi Chopra also put in his papers. The two-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sunil Valson and Yashpal Sharma also tendered resignation.

"In my endeavour though I faced many road blocks, opposition and oppression, just to keep me from discharging my duties in fair and transparent," Sharma said. "That's why I have decided to call it a day and hereby tender my resignation to the Apex Council from the post of President, DDCA with immediate effect," he added.

With PTI Inputs