After the Delhi team lost the match against Saurashtra in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2022-23, the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) on Thursday sacked the senior selection committee comprising Gagan Khoda, Mayank Sadhana, and Anil Bhardwaj.
President Rohan Jaitley sent a critical mail to the board revealing his displeasure over the working of the selection committee. After receiving the mail, DDCA sacked the selection committee.
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DDCA Sacks Selection Panel After Delhi’s Poor Show In Ranji Trophy 2022-23
In his mail, Rohan Jaitley said that he disapproved of the manner in which the selection committee was discharging its affairs. He also mentioned that the selection committee is setting up a 20-22 member squad instead of the 15-16 players. Rohan Jaitley’s mail was shared by PTI.
“I am stood compelled to write this mail for placing on record my disapproval of the manner in which the Men’s Selection Committees of the DDCA are discharging its affairs. It appears that such Committees are functioning without any visions and mission,” Jaitley wrote in his mail.
“The issue of manner in which players are being selected and replaced at the drop of a hat has become talk of the town. Recently in a meeting, it was informed that a replacement was sent for a senior player who was stated to be injured, the replacement while reaching there was also declared to be injured and another replacement was sent”, his mail further read.
“Despite clearly informing the Committee that the number of players shall be restricted to 15-16 players, the committee has time and again recommended 20-22 member squad for each team. Therefore, these committees are not only doing disservice to the DDCA but also to the game of Cricket,” added the mail.
A senior DDCA director also confirmed the news of the sacking of the selection committee to PTI and said that the advisory committee will select the team for the next three games.
“Yes, the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Nikhil Chopra, Gursharan Singh and Reema Malhotra will select the team for the next three games as Delhi are already out. The office bearers have approved the sacking of the committee after Sidhana and Khoda’s public fall-out,” a senior DDCA director said.
On Thursday, Delhi faced a huge defeat against Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy 2022-23. Delhi lost the match by innings and 214 runs. Delhi is part of Elite Group B in the tournament. Out of 4 games, Delhi has lost 2 matches and drawn two. They take the 5th spot in the points table out of 6 teams. They are already out of the next round.