It won't be a surprise if Delhi cricket teams cut a sorry figure in the coming season. While most states have selected probables for different squads, and camps and practice matches are on in full swing, the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) is yet to form selection panels that will choose the Ranji and other age-group squads.
While the first tournament - women's u-19 begins on October 9, the men's u-22 commences from October 14, the u-19 and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournaments start from October 20. With the season less than a month away, the DDCA's laxity defies logic.
After the formation of the cricket improvement committee (CIC), comprising former India cricketers Bishen Singh Bedi, Madal Lal, Kirti Azad, Surender Khanna and Maninder Singh, cricketing operations should have been more organised.
However, it seems, the committee is struggling to get the DDCA moving.
Sources told HT that the delay is the result of the DDCA and CIC not finding common ground. The CIC has sent several reminders to the DDCA to meet and finalise the panels, but the latter is yet to take action.
Sneh Bansal, DDCA general secretary, while admitting the delay, brushed aside the claim that they were not cooperating with the CIC. "The selection panels could not be formed because of some unavoidable reasons. We have so many people in the executive committee and it takes time to bring them to a consensus. And we have always been supportive of the CIC," said Bansal.
Whatever the reason for the delay, the players will be the sufferers with little time for fitness camps and practice games.