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Prabhakar set to be nominated as Delhi selector

According to DDCA sources, Prabhakar’s is one of the names on the Sports Committee’s panel for the new Ranji selection committee, reports Arjun Sen.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2007 02:08 IST
Arjun Sen
Arjun Sen
Hindustan Times

Manoj Prabhakar, one of four Indian players banned in the wake of the match-fixing scandal, is all set to get ‘official’ redemption, if the Delhi & District Cricket Association’s (DDCA) Executive Committee approves his name as a Delhi selector.

According to DDCA sources, Prabhakar’s is one of the names on the Sports Committee’s panel for the new Ranji selection committee. Technically, Prabhakar, who was banned by the BCCI for five years in 2000, has served his sentence and is eligible to be involved in cricketing activities, but a section of the Executive Committee is wary. “I’m not sure it will be approved,” said a member, “it depends on DDCA politics as it’s a sensitive issue.”

On the other hand, there seems to be near unanimity on the name of the Delhi coach, with most involved parties (the Sports Committee, the Executive and the players) happy with the idea of Vijay Dahiya, taking over.

The name of the former India wicket-keeper, who retired at the end of last season, it has been learnt, will be recommended by the Sports Committee after a suggestion by DDCA president Arun Jaitley. Jaitley, in turn, was reportedly convinced of this after an informal meeting with senior Delhi players, including Virender Sehwag.

That’s where, however, the consensus between the Executive and Sports Committees ends. And the bone of contention this time is the return of Chetan Chauhan, Delhi coach last season, as chairman of selectors. While the Executive Committee is believed to be rooting for the former India opener, the Sports Committee is strongly opposed to the move. A source said that they believed Chauhan had caused a lot of infighting within the team last season and took “strange decisions”.

But in keeping with DDCA’s ‘compromise formula’, the Sports Committee, which wants former India offie Nikhil Chopra as chairman, has apparently conceived a formula for ‘accommodating’ Chauhan, by giving him total control of the under-19 set-up.

Chauhan, meanwhile, said that while he hadn’t heard anything, he would only be interested in selection if he were to become chairman. He said he believed the Delhi team had “improved” under him last season and though he would’ve “loved to continue” as coach, his “family and media commitments” had forced him to give up. The other option the Sports Committee might look at to keep out Chauhan, is to look at accommodating Sports Secretary Sunil Dev as a selector, if he were interested. The other people they have lined up are former Delhi opener Manu Nayyar, Vinay Lamba and Hari Gidwani who, like Chopra, were selectors last season too.

First Published: Aug 21, 2007 02:07 IST