TRUCE IN SIGHT.
AFTER initial posturing by the Delhi and District Cricket Association ( DDCA), it is ready to sign with GMR Sports a crucial agreement that would enable the Capital to host the IPL matches beginning next month.
DDCA treasurer Ravinder Manchanda on Thursday said that he was ready to sign the Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) and claimed that vice- president Chetan Chauhan, too, was agreeable to it.
It requires only two of the 24 DDCA directors -- ideally, the office- bearers -- to sign the agreement on behalf of the association.
The development took place on Thursday, the day M AIL T ODAY accessed a 19- page GMR letter, seeking the agreement be signed by March 18.
This letter was written following a meeting between GMR and top DDCA officials on March 13, and it attached copies of emails that DDCA president SP Bansal had sent to GMR officials, requesting for " tickets on credit" for the various Ferozeshah Kotla stands for IPL matches held in 2013 and 2014.
" I am not against the IPL; it is an international event. I am ready to sign the agreement with GMR. Chetan Chauhan too is ready to sign it. The MoU could be signed on Friday or Saturday," Manchanda told M AIL T ODAY . " We can sign the agreement now and it can later be endorsed by the DDCA executive committee. An executive committee meeting has been convened on March 27," he said.
The dispute between the two is of outstanding dues. GMR's overall claim -- including the 2009 IPL, held in South Africa -- is around ` 1.44 crore, according to DDCA officials. On the other hand, DDCA's internal audit report 2013- 14 claims GMR owes it ` 96.85 lakh for 2013 and 2014.
Chauhan, too, confirmed that the agreement could be signed in a day or two. " We will have to sign the agreement because IPL is a big tournament," Chauhan, who on Tuesday was not sure about Delhi hosting IPL matches, told M AIL T ODAY . " Manchanda will obviously have to sign it as he's treasurer, but as far as I'm concerned, in all probability I will not [ sign it]... I would not like to. The main office- bearers must sign -- the general secretary and the treasurer. Let's see what the consensus emerges among the directors," he said.
Chauhan, however, concurred with Manchanda that the MoU could be signed first and then the executive committee could approve it as only 19 days are left for the IPL to start. Delhi is to host five of the seven matches of Delhi Daredevils.
Chauhan said that a final decision about who two will eventually sign will be taken on Friday.
The GMR documents contain requests from Bansal for tickets on credit, including the most expensive ones priced at ` 21,000 each for games played at the Kotla. They also contain details of the ticket prices, the person whom the tickets were delivered to in the DDCA, and acknowledgment from him.
According to the main GMR email, DDCA was represented by Manchanda, vice- president CK Khanna and general secretary Anil Khanna at their March 13 meeting with franchise officials.
When GMR officials said that tickets were indeed purchased on credit, the DDCA officials asked them to send supporting documents to them. GMR did just that three days later. " These are as per your requests and we will now await directions from your end regarding stadium agreement. We need to ensure that the same is signed by latest 18th March, 2015," says the GMR letter, referring to the email annexures.
" We also need assurance from your end regarding MCD [ Municipal Corporation of Delhi] NOC and permissions from other statutory agencies for conduct of matches at Ferozeshah Kotla grounds," it says.
If the DDCA signs the agreement, the big question remains how it will recover its dues from GMR, if any. " We will continue to work and that issue could be settled while the IPL matches could go on simultaneously," said Manchanda.
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