Better sense prevails ; DDCA secy apologises

Published: Thursday, November 18, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The DDCA today apologised to the media after they were unceremoniously thrown out of the venue of a Ranji Trophy Elite division cricket match here.

"I apologised to the reporters concerned yesterday, I apologise even now," DDCA Vice-President Chetan Chauhan told PTI.

Chauhan's apology came after the media covering the Elite Group 'A' league match between Delhi and Andhra at the Roshanara Club ground here were shoved away by cops.

The officials were probably irked by mediapersons who had reported about the club's strict 'members only' policy.

Chauhan, a former Test batsman, said he wanted the matter to be amicably solved. "I will speak to the sports editors of the newspapers. A quarrell had taken place yesterday. I wanted both the parties to sit and talk it out, unfortunately it did not happen.

"I don't want questions to be asked by the BCCI and everyone. I want the matter to be sorted out for the good of the game and everyone concerned."

Club secretary Deputy Chatwani had manhandled a photographer of a national daily yesterday when the latter tried to enter the ground.

Today, Chatwani told the media thay would have to produce "a written unconditional apology" if they were to be allowed entry. The journalists decided to boycott the match.

When contacted for his reaction on the whole episode, BCCI President Ranbir Singh Mahendra abruptly hung up the receiver. "I don't want to say anything until I receive areport on the incident," was all that he said.

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