Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi will contest against Sneh Bansal for the post of the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) president in the association elections scheduled for December 30.
DDCA president Arun Jaitley had decided against contesting the upcoming state association elections paving way for his confidant Bansal to take on Bedi in a prestigious fight.
BJP heavyweight Arun Jaitley, who is also the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, relinquished his post of BCCI vice-president earlier this year due to his busy political commitments. It is believed that the busy political calender led to Jaitley deciding against contesting the elections.
Jaitley has however filed his nominations for an executive committee membership which won't require much of his time but will keep him associated with the game.
But according to reliable sources in DDCA, Jaitley's "blessings and good wishes" are with Bansal, who enjoys the support of voters as Bedi might find it difficult to pull it off in his favour.
Former India all-rounder Madan Lal will be fighting for the sports secretary's post against current incumbent Sunil Dev while another former India wicketkeeper Surinder Khanna will take on current joint secretary Anil Khanna and Chetan Chauhan, who has also filed nominations for the vice-president's post.
From the opposition faction, another former Delhi stalwart and national selector Aakash Lal along with National Capital Territory CA official Sameer Bahadur will fight for vice-president's post. Former Test players Gursharan Singh and Abbas Ali Baig are also among the 148 people who are fighting the elections against the ruling group.
President's Post: Sneh Bansal vs Bishan Singh Bedi
Vice-President's Post: (Ruling group) CK Khanna, Chetan Chauhan vs (Opposition) Aakash Lal, Sameer Bahadur
Joint Secretaries: Chetan Chauhan, Anil Khanna (Ruling) vs Surinder Khanna (Opposition)
Sports Secretary: Sunil Dev (Ruling) vs Madan Lal (Opposition).
(with PTI inputs)