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Players stay away

cricket Updated: Aug 21, 2009 00:30 IST
Heena Zuni Pandit
Heena Zuni Pandit
Hindustan Times
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Day Two of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) conditioning camp being held at the Ferozeshah Kotla had more absentees than the first.

While six players — Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma, Rajat Bhatia, Chetnya Nanda and Sunny Sehrawat — who gave the camp a miss on Wednesday, did not report, Ashish Nehra, Kapil Yadav and Vartik Tihara too gave it a miss on the second day.

Asked for the reasons of the players’ absence, selection committee chairman and DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan said: “Some of them had already informed us about their engagements. All of them will join soon.”

He, however, seemed clueless about Nehra’s absence. “I don’t know why he has not come. Usually he comes a little late,” he said.

Tihara on his part said that he could not attend the camp as he was down with a sore throat. “I had a sever pain in my throat, I just couldn’t make it,” he said.

Interestingly, players employed by ONGC skipped the yoga session at the Ferozeshah Kotla and instead went to the St. Stephens Ground at Mori Gate where their company was also conducting a camp.

Meanwhile, Nanda will be joining the camp on Friday and Gambhir too is expected to be there.

Sports Committee gets re-elected

The incumbent Sports Committee was re-elected on Thursday, with all 10 members being chosen unopposed. The four members — from the opposition Mama (Ashok Sharma) group — had decided to withdraw their nominations after Sehwag’s criticism of the Sports Committee.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times about his group’s unopposed election, Sports Committee convenor Vinod Tihara said: “They (the members of the opposition) had no choice but take back their names as they could manage to field only two candidates whereas there were 10 posts that needed to be filled.”

“The last date of filing of nominations was August 13,” he informed.