Virender Sehwag resigns from DDCA -Virender Sehwag along with Aakash Chopra and Rahul Sanghvi resigned from their roles with the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) in the cricket committee. The committee appointed by DDCA president Rajat Sharma came to an abrupt and unpleasant end after the entire team handed in their resignations. Tentaran has learnt that the reason behind this move by the cricket committee was the DDCA’s decision to no give the go ahead to appointing Manoj Prabhakar as bowling coach.
Ex-Indian cricketer, opener Virender Sehwag, Aakash Chopra and Rahul Sanghvi were tasked with picking the various selection committees and coaches ahead of the season. Their recommendations included appointing Prabhakar as bowling coach of the Ranji side, based on inputs received from the Delhi team’s bowling unit. Prabhakar had enjoyed a successful stint with the side last year; he was the bowling coach of the team which finished runner-ups in the Ranji Trophy and won the Mushtaq Ali tournament.
However the DDCA wile approving of most of the recommendations sent in by the committee, refused to agree on Prabhakar’s name as bowling coach. This issue escalated with the committee refusing to back down on his name, backing their choice to the till based on his previous performances and contributions to the side. Becoming the bone of contention between both the parties, the appointment of Prabhakar lead to a huge divide between both the parties with the cricket committee deciding to resign after becoming convinced the DDCA was not going to give the green light to Prabhakar’s appointment.
‘’We had come together and given time and effort with the idea of contributing and helping in the improvement of Delhi cricket within the framework of our role as a cricket committee,” Sehwag said.
‘’However, looking at the best interest of Delhi Cricket, we would like to inform you that all three of us would not be able to continue with the assignment of Cricket Committee of DDCA any further due to our busy schedule in day to day life,” he added.
Meanwhile it is said that skipper Gautam Gambhir had a huge role to play in Prabhakar staying away from the post despite earning huge accolades from within the team last year. Upset with Prabhakar’s involvement in match-fixing, Gambhir did his best to ensure Prabhakar was as far away from the post as possible.
“It’s being said my protest against Manoj Prabhakar’s appointment as Delhi bowling coach has led to DDCA Cricket Committee’s resignation. Yes, I’ve always adopted zero tolerance when it comes to cricketers alleged corruption but the real reason for their resignation as told to me by powers that be was that post adoption of Lodha reforms on September 20th Cricket Committee will be disbanded. Just thought of clarifying,” Gambhir tweeted.
This was not the first time that the cricket committee and DDCA have been at loggerheads. The cricket committee had earlier lodged in a complaint stating its displeasure with the presence of a fourth member in the selection process. The DDCA Ombudsman, Justice (Retd) Badar Durrez Ahmed, is in the process of addressing complaints against the captain of the Ranji team who as the fourth member is under the scanner for conflict of interest.
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