KP Bhaskar appointed new Delhi senior team coach, Vijay Dahiya U-23 coach

After interviews and meetings lasting for days, the Delhi and District Cricket Association has announced KP Bhaskar as new coach.

Written by Sahil Malhotra | New Delhi | Updated: September 10, 2016 2:06 pm
Delhi District Cricket Association, DDCA, DDCA selectors, KP Bhaskar Pillai, DDCA coach, Delhi cricket coach, Delhi cricket selectors, Delhi cricket team, cricket, cricket news, sports, sports news Former Delhi batsman KP Bhaskar Pillai has been appointed the new senior team coach for the Ranji side. (Source: Express File Photo)

The Delhi and District Cricket Association has former Delhi batsman KP Bhaskar as coach of the senior team while Vijay Dahiya has been put in charge of the Under-23 squad.

The panel, led by former cricketer Vivek Razdan, felt that Dahiya, who had coached the senior Delhi team in the past, was tried and tested, and it was important to shake things up for Delhi to start getting results in the domestic circuit.

“See Dahiya we have seen, and have been seeing. It was important to have some sort of change. The players knew Dahiya and there was some sort of complacency creeping in. That’s why we felt there was a need to have a strong figure in Bhaskar,” says a senior DDCA official. The decision was conveyed to Dahiya, the source said.

Former medium pacer Amit Bhandari will be Bhaskar’s deputy for the season. The selection panel, unlike previous years, won’t have any chairman and will feature former India cricketers Atul Wassan, Nikhil Chopra and Robin Singh Jr. Another change is reduction of the number of selectors from 25 in previous previous years to just six this year, three for the senior team and three for the juniors.

As far as the remuneration goes, the senior team coach will be paid Rs 22 lakh, senior selectors will get Rs 9 lakh each and the manager of the various teams will be given Rs 3 lakh. Process of selection started with invitation of applications, after which interviews were conducted. “They (the panel) had proposed 25 lakh for the senior coach but I gave a thought and revised it to Rs 22 lakh. Similarly, I reduced the remuneration for selectors from Rs 12 to Rs 9 lakh,” says DDCA treasurer Ravinder Manchanda.

The meeting at the DDCA on Friday lasted close to four hours.

Rajeev Vinaik has been appointed coach for the U-19 team while V Arvind will be his deputy for the upcoming season.

The junior selection panel features former India and Delhi spinner Maninder Singh and former Delhi leggie Chetnya Nanda. Other coaches appointed are Pankaj Joshi for the U-16 unit and Kuldeep Rawat for U-14 team.

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