Veteran BCCI curator Daljit Singh retires after 22 years of service

NEW DELHI: veteran curator Daljit Singh He retired as chief curator of BCCI after 22 years supervising land and launches in India.

He has decided to leave his office since Sunday. I have decided to move on now. It has been a wonderful trip to work with BCCI for the past 22 years, Daljit told TOI on Sunday.

Daljit, close to 80, has also been a first-class player and coach before taking an interest in pitching and developing terrain. I've seen a lot evolve. I have been part of a trip in which Malis used to take care of land and pitches to have qualified healers. We have seen empty land where players doubted even diving and now we have world class land. I am pleased to leave behind a competent set of curators who can carry on Indian cricket, Daljit said.

Daljit's first assignment as curator was to build the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) in 1993. It was in 1997 that the BCCI decided to have a formal land and launch committee and that was when Daljit's association with the board began.

I remember then president of BCCI Jagmohan Dalmiya He stressed the need to improve the land. Kapil Dev He was the first president for a year. Even after the low point when Feroz Shah Kotla was banned for a year just before the 2011 World Cup, the council and N Srinivasan supported me. I am proud of the way we have evolved, Daljit recalled.

BCCI had to dissolve the official land and release committee after the Lodha recommendations approved by the Supreme Court were implemented. Daljit was appointed chief curator, while others were appointed curators.