IPL tells DDCA official to keep away from Kotla

New Delhi: A local official on duty during the IPL matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla has been told to keep away from the stadium for transgression and another reprimanded.

The issue reached the IPL governing council (GC) and it was reportedly discussed at length at a meeting on Monday in Chennai.

Representatives of IMG, which organises the IPL on BCCI’s behalf, are said to have complained to the IPL GC members, including Arun Jaitley, president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

BCCI sources said Jaitley’s GC colleagues asked him to take measures to stop transgressions by DDCA officials during IPL matches at the Kotla, a top source said.

As a result, Pradeep Aggarwal, who was appointed ‘ local manager’ of visiting IPL teams, didn’t turn up at the Kotla on Tuesday for the Kings XI Punjab- Delhi game.

“He has been replaced by Pradeep Gupta.

Aggarwal has been relieved of his duties after the last match at Kotla for transgression, meaning going to areas inside the stadium where he shouldn’t have gone,” said the source.

Aggarwal, however, said that no one has barred him. “ No, nobody told me so. I have got my accreditation card etc. I went there for the last match too; nobody told me anything.

Today I didn’t go to Kotla as I had some personal work,” he told MAIL TODAY . “ What else is the problem, you think? Basically, there’s not much work during IPL. GMR has attached their own personnel to teams. I skipped one earlier match; it was the second one [against SunRisers Hyderabad on April 12].” Asked if he would go the last match at the Kotla, on May 10 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he said: “ Of course, I’ll go.” The other official concerned, Maqsood Karim, was not barred. “ I’m very much here at the Kotla,” he said. Sources also confirmed his presence during the match. IMG’s David Clarke, IPL tournament operations manager, said no accreditation card has been withdrawn.

“We haven’t taken back any cards. No complaints have been made to me directly. As far as I am concerned, there is no problem,” Clarke told MAIL TODAY .

IMG officials are said to have complained to the IPL governing council