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Why is Sehwag bolting Delhi? For a plot of land?

While Virender Sehwag finds himself in the eye of a storm over his comments about the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association’s handling of cricket, he is certainly not alone.

cricket Updated: Aug 18, 2009 01:38 IST
Arjun Sen

While Virender Sehwag finds himself in the eye of a storm over his comments about the Delhi and Districts Cricket Associa-tion’s handling of cricket, he is certainly not alone.

“I’m born and brought up in Delhi. So why should I leave Delhi cricket?” Sehwag told HT from Bangalore on Monday. “Unless I have to.”

A Delhi cricketer said it was time “someone took the bull by the horns”, referring to the constant problems with administration those who play cricket in Delhi face. “Whatever Viru said was true. If the DDCA doesn’t take steps to improve the situation, one by one we’ll all have to leave,” he said.

In true DDCA fashion, the counter-allegations came forth quickly. DDCA’s official line is that ‘Sehwag might have had problems, everything will be sorted,” but a whisper campaign is already gathering momentum.

DDCA tried to link Sehwag’s threat to move to Haryana, taking 5-6 Delhi players with him, to a 23-acre plot of land in Silani Kesho village in Sehwag’s hometown of Jhajjar. The Haryana government allotted Sehwag the land last October for a sports academy and school.

“Isn’t it more than a little coincidental he decided to express his problems now?” asked a DDCA member. “What has suddenly made Sehwag so angry? He hardly plays two matches in a season anyway.”