With senior journalist Rajat Sharma deciding to jump in the fray, things are starting to heat up in the lead up to the elections of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) scheduled to be held on June 30.Sharma, who has decided to contest for the post of the president, is backed by former DDCA boss Sneh Bansal and also former treasurer Narinder Batra who is also the president of the Indian Olympic Association and International Hockey Federation (FIH).However, Sharma’s panel is in for a tough contest as former India opener Chetan Chauhan, now a Sports Minister in the Yogi Adityanath ministry, India’s 1983-World Cup winning team member Madan Lal and CK Khanna, the current acting President of the BCCI, have joined hands to form a formidable team to challenge the new entrant.”Frankly, I was a bit surprised to know that Rajat Sharma has also decided to contest these elections. I have known him for a long time. My only advice to him is that he should carefully include people in his team and make sure that he’s backing the right candidates,” Lal, who has also decided to fight the elections, told India Today.”We are soon having a meeting to decide our candidate for the president’s post,” he added.Chauhan, who has the experience of handling affairs of DDCA for a long time, says Rajat Sharma has chosen the “wrong men” in his election team.”Rajat has been a long-time friend but the people who are proposing his name have been involved in many wrongdoings. I had opposed them for a long time and will continue to do so. We will discuss further action in the meeting of our group. Let me hear the suggestions of others also,” he said.advertisementThe election battle has become more interesting after Justice (retd.) Vikramjit Sen, the High-Court appointed administrator of the DDCA, announced that the controversial proxy voting system, for long considered the main reason for mess in the state unit, will be done away with this time.”I believe that voting will be less this time around as not every member can spare time to come and vote himself. As per my estimate, maybe of the 4000 plus, only 1500 or less would come to vote,” said former president Bansal.According to Bansal, the renowned personality that Rajat Sharma is, he should win the elections easily.”I think he is a dynamic personality and has plenty of experience as far as administration is concerned. I don’t support the view that a cricketer can run affairs better than anybody else. A person like Mr Sharma can handle both sides equally well,” he said.The new president will have a tough road ahead considering that the state association has often been in the news for all the wrong reasons, including many financial irregularities.”I want cricketers to come forward and ensure that the elections are a huge success. DDCA has such a rich legacy and I believe that cricketers should have a major say in cricketing affairs,” said CK Khanna, a former DDCA who is also the current acting president of the BCCI.