28 October, 2020

Scotch, Cards And Indoor Cricket!

The DDCA spends more on intra-city travel than on the game it’s meant to promote

Scotch, Cards And Indoor Cricket!

It’s among Delhi’s most popular watering holes. A shot of gin costs Rs 36, a peg of Royal Challenge whisky would leave you poorer by just Rs 50, Scotch whisky is Rs 120, and a peg of premium Scotch goes for only Rs 140. Little wonder that the club’s bar sold liquor worth Rs 33 lakh in 1998-99. And cigarettes too, for Rs 3.5 lakh. The club members enjoy a game of cards in the afternoon as well. To take care of that, the club bought playing cards for Rs 1.4 lakh during the year.

Now, take a guess which club we are talking about? The Delhi Gymkhana, or is it the India International Centre? Well, actually it’s the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), a company set up in February 1936, to promote the game of cricket in Delhi. So let’s look at how much the game is being promoted in Delhi. For some strange reason, the DDCA seems to run up coaching expenses only in alternate years and last year it spent the princely sum of Rs 20,700 on coaching Delhi’s budding cricketers. That’s less than the Rs 24,606 that the DDCA garnered by selling...



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