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Selection deal ?struck? ahead of one-day selections

If there isn?t something shady going on, then things aren?t quite normal in Delhi cricket.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2006 09:32 IST

If there isn’t something shady going on, then things aren’t quite normal in Delhi cricket. At the moment, like before any selection meeting, sundry officials and small-time politicians are conspiring to further tarnish the Delhi & District Cricket Association’s name.

After witnessing the Delhi Ranji squad struggle to escape relegation through the days’ games season, there were hopes all around that perhaps someone in the DDCA would stand up and save Delhi cricket from the handful of corrupt officials who run this shameful show.

But, with the kind of reports now coming in from Kotla, it promises to be worse even as the Senior Selection Committee gets ready to meet on Friday to select the team for Ranji Trophy one-dayers.

As reported by HT a few days ago, it is confirmed that one Ranji selector, along with a senior DDCA official affiliated to the Congress Party, are pushing hard to get a certain Delhi University student close to the NSUI into the team.

The hullabaloo in the media spoiled their game last time around but now, the said faction has reportedly secretly struck a deal to adjust their candidate for the first two one-dayers.

“We’re helpless,” said the rest of the selectors when asked for their reaction. No selector is willing to come on record for one simple reason: No one wants to be seen to be taking on the Congress. “We’re sportsmen and not goons or politicians. If someone in the DDCA has interests in a particular party, then what can we do?” asked a senior selector.

Apparently, the deal to include the said player was struck during the last Test between India and Sri Lanka held at Kotla, when two top office-bearers of NSUI were seen roaming around with a DDCA vice-president. “Till now, the nuisance was only limited to providing VIP complimentary passes. But now, it is moving into selection matters. It's high time someone brought it to the notice of the Congress high command and it stops. Otherwise, these ‘cricket politicians’ will destroy Delhi cricket,” said an angry DDCA official.

The repercussions of such moves have already begun with other players starting to apply pressures of their own. Will someone stop it before it gets out of hand?

First Published: Jan 26, 2006 09:32 IST