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cricket Updated: Aug 19, 2009 02:18 IST
Arjun Sen
Arjun Sen
Hindustan Times
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Virender Sehwag’s virulent attack on the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has created a stir. The DDCA brass has been busy brainstorming to find a way to pacify their miffed skipper.

And it seems finding a way to curb the power of the powerful sports committee could be the first step for the executive committee.

The 10-member sports committee, which does not contain a single player of repute, has been criticised for its absolute powers in all matters of the DDCA. Sehwag, too, had let his views on the committee known when he accused it of ‘having too much power and influencing team selection’. And the players want that changed.

“These people know nothing about cricket, none of them watches the league games and yet, various Delhi age teams are picked according to their whims and fancies,” said an India player from Delhi. “First, get rid of the sports committee.”

The DDCA knows it will take a concrete step to change Sehwag’s mind.

Members of the executive committee told HT there was a possibility of curbing the sports committee’s powers in all matters cricket. What it needed was a consensus in the executive body, which normally is riven by infighting because of vote politics.

“Streamlining the selection committee is the immediate step to be taken,” said an executive committee member. “Selectors have to be freed from the pressures of the sports committee. They should pick teams on merit only.”

Sounds good, but its execution, though, could be quite a task.

The sports committee’s control of the DDCA is monopolistic. Elections to it, which are scheduled for Thursday, have been reduced to a no-contest, with all 10 being elected practically unopposed.

If Sehwag can be pacified - and there is a big if - there have to be wholesale changes in the way the DDCA functions. And though the general feeling is that something will happen, this could only be because of the incessant media glare the DDCA finds itself under. Controversies in the DDCA have petered out way too often in the past for the players to be overly optimistic.