Its among Delhis 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 clubs 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 its the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), a company set up in February 1936, to promote the game of cricket in Delhi. So lets 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 Delhis budding cricketers. Thats less than the Rs 24,606 that the DDCA garnered by selling empty liquor and soft drink bottles. Then-after a gap of four years-it decided to spend another Rs 20,000 to "promote the game of cricket in Delhi". But obviously, if the association invested Rs 54,180 on the purchase of neck ties, it believed that this investment would show better returns. Such investment decisions probably need extensive consultations and discussions. Thats why various DDCA committees ran up a bill of Rs 48.7 lakh in meeting expenses. And then Delhi is a big city, and the various committee members need to be reimbursed the travel cost they incur as they go about promoting the game in Delhi; after all, they are all honorary members. Thats why DDCA officials spent Rs 1.33 lakh in intra-city travel. In fact, over the last nine years, the DDCA has spent 250 per cent more in travel than the total expenditures on promotion of cricket and coaching.