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DDCA selector attacked by rejected player

Published : Feb 12, 2019, 1:34 am IST
Updated : Feb 12, 2019, 1:34 am IST

Bhandari is undergoing treatment in a city hospital.

Amit Bhandari
 Amit Bhandari

NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricket player and Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) selector Amit Bhandari was attacked on Monday, allegedly by the henchmen of another player for not including him in the team. Mr Bhandari is undergoing treatment in a city hospital.

Mr Bhandari, currently chairman of the DDCA senior selection committee, was assaulted by a group of unidentified men, led by a rejected U-23 player, during the Delhi senior team’s practice game at the St Stephen’s ground.

Mr Bhandari sustained injuries in the head and ear, and was taken to Sant Paramanand Hospital at Civil Lines by his colleague Sukhvinder Singh. The goons, along with the player in question, fled before the cops could reach the spot.

Deputy commissioner of police (north), Nupur Prasad said: “Bhandari said that he was the chairperson of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament for Delhi under-23 team. At around 1.15 pm today at St Stephen ground where trials were going on, one Anuj Dheda, who was not selected, came and asked about his rejection and slapped the complainant and 10-15 more boys came and hit him.”

On Mr Bhandari’s complaint, a case was registered and accused Anuj Dheda and Naveen were apprehended, the DCP added.

DDCA president Rajat Sharma said that the guilty will not be spared. Former India opener and Delhi legend Gautam Gambhir demanded a life ban on the accused. “Disgusted to see this happen right in heart of the capital. This can’t slip under the carpet and I will personally ensure it does not,” he tweeted.

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