Dec 30, 2009 at 12:09am IST

Kirti Azad, DDCA officials trade charges

New Delhi: Delhi and District Cricket Association's (DDCA) Annual General Meeting on Tuesday in Delhi over the Kotla pitch fiasco turned out to be a messy and ugly affair with members trading charges and former Indian player Kirti Azad claiming that he was abused and insulted during the meeting.

"I was insulted at the DDCA meeting. Many players had complained about the pitch including Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Ricky Ponting. All those who can do good with DDCA are out. Are we going to beg to DDCA to involve us in their work? Why can't they take our help?" asked Azad.

Azad also stormed out of the AGM claiming that he was insulted for raising the pitch fiasco issue.

However, DDCA President and Bharatiya Janata Party MP Arun Jaitley called Azad's charges as ridiculous. Even DDCA Sports Secretary Sunil Dev denied that Azad had been insulted.

"The meeting went off peacefully. All resolutions were passed unanimously. Everybody was allowed to speak. Kirti Azad spoke four times and shared his views. I will resign if there is any truth in this (Azad's allegations)," said Dev.

Azad had severely criticised DDCA for pitch fiasco during the fifth and final One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka at Kotla that had to be abandoned after 23.3 overs.

Sri Lanka were reduced to 83 for five wickets after India won the toss and elected to field. But the ball during the entire duration of the match either kept very low or jumped too high and dangerously.

The AGM was called to appoint eight new directors.

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