The second day of the pre-season camp of the Delhi team was even more shambolic than the first with senior-most player Gautam Gambhir preferring to stay away and the other players reduced to doing basic drills under Amit Bhandari — designated as an assistant support staff.
Gambhir, named as skipper in the team list issued by Anil Jain, the joint secretary (sports), was at the camp on the first day but the paucity of balls to practice with, lack of the presence of a coach meant the Test-capped opener had to supervise more than 45 cricketers.
It is learnt that Gambhir was frustrated by the end of the first day of the pre-season camp because it conducted without any planning or supervision. Moreover, Gambhir felt that he was losing out on practice and preparation time by attending a camp where even basic equipment was not provided by the Delhi and District Cricket Association.
With the sports committee election results yet to be announced, there has been a delay in the appointment of selectors for the season. The executive committee members are also waiting for the final result of the sports committee elections before taking any administrative or cricket related decisions.
Wait and watch policy
Gambhir, it is learnt, is waiting for the situation to improve in the DDCA before returning for the camp. Even before the pre-season camp began on Monday, Gambhir had been training under his coach Sanjay Bharadwaj.
At the Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday, the players after undergoing basic drills did not have a net session as the practice wickets were damp and under-prepared.
There were signs that the pre-season camp would not provide ideal preparation with politics taking precedence over cricket. On Saturday, three lists of players required to attend the pre-season camp was issued by three different office-bearers of the DDCA. Former all-rounder Madan Lal, named as chief mentor in two of the lists, continued to stay away from the camp.
On Monday, Lal had said: “The current situation in the DDCA is such that former players like me are reluctant to get involved in coaching or mentoring because everyone wants to play politics. While I am ready to support Delhi cricket currently there is so much of in-fighting, which in-turn in hurting cricket. It is a shame that Delhi cricket has been brought to his level.”