Amit Bhandari, chairman of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) senior selection committee, was on Monday assaulted by a group, led by a disgruntled Under-23 player, during the Delhi senior team’s practice game at the St Stephen’s ground. Anuj Dheda, who was not selected in the state team, attacked Bhandari, who sustained head and ear injuries and was taken to Sant Paramanand Hospital at Civil Lines by his colleague Sukhvinder Singh. The goons along with the player in question fled before the cops could reach the spot but was later arrested.
The senior team is gearing up for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (National Twenty20 tournament), starting February 21.
“At around 1.15 pm today at St Stephen ground where trials were going on, one person Anuj Dheda, who was not selected, came and asked about his rejection and slapped Bhandari. Some 10-15 more boys came and hit him,” Nupur Prasad, Deputy Commissioner of Police (north) said.
“Based on the complaint, a case has been registered and the accused and his brother Naresh were arrested,” the DCP said.
Dedha’s name featured in the initial 79-member list, released by the DDCA in November for the U-23 trials. As per the probables list accessed by PTI, his date of birth is November 22, 1995.
DDCA president Rajat Sharma had told PTI that guilty will not be spared.
“I have personally spoken to the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The guilty will not go unpunished. We will register an FIR,” Sharma said.
Rajat Sharma, who went to meet Bhandari at the hospital said, “He is very shaken and it is natural. The doctors have advised that he should be kept under observation for 24 hours as a precautionary measure.”
“The goons were pressurising him to select a player, who had failed to get into the U-23 team on merit. Bhandari claimed that one man also threatened him with a revolver.
This is shameful that an honest selector was being prevented from performing his duties. I have been told that one person has been detained for questioning,” Rajat Sharma informed.
Former India batman Virender Sehwag demanded strict action