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DDCA to hold trials for U-22,U-19 left-outs

Wednesday will be a new morning for the young cricketers who missed the conditioning camp for the Delhi U-19 and U-22 teams.

Wednesday will be a new morning for the young cricketers who missed the conditioning camp for the Delhi U-19 and U-22 teams. In a first,trials will be held to ascertain whether they merit a place in the camps that has already begun from September 4. A total of 13 players across both age-groups – who were omitted by the ad-hoc committee that includes Chetan Chauhan,Hari Gidwani and Vinay Lamba — will undergo a net session and will have to impress the selectors to get a foothold.

However sources said that DDCA teams will be picked from the same pool of players that will be finalised after the trials. And here lies the tiff.

The sports committee was pushing for axed players saying players who had represented Delhi in the age-group teams,merit a direct call-up for the trials and camps. But the selectors overlooked it and picked the team based on their performances in the DDCA league. “It’s an old ruling that is in place since the time the sports committee was first set up. We are not pushing for somebody’s selection. These players have to be called up as per the rules,” a sports committee member said on the condition of anonymity.

However,Chetan Chauhan brushed aside the notion that the committee was unnecessarily raising an issue. “We selectors want to have a look at the players who are a part of the camp and those who weren’t picked. That’s why the trials are being held. So,holding the trials isn’t an issue at all,” he told Sportline on Monday. The decision to call the remaining few for the trials was taken at the meeting held at the residence of DDCA general secretary Sneh Bansal.

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However,if the sports committee’s wishes prevailed the whole idea of selecting the best team gets nullified. As it is,questions have been raised on the selection of players like Dilraj Atwal,who hasn’t played for the last two years and Nitin Kumar,who doesn’t clear the league criteria after having only scored 112 runs in this year.

New additions (U-22): Luv Sehrawat,Gaurav Jhangra,Pawan Chauhan – who represented DDCA’s u-22 last year and Vineet Dahiya (u-19) last year; U-19: Manik Tandon,Vaibhav Rawal,Kartik Abi (U-19 last year); Dheeraj Yadav,Kailash Sharma,Ketan Panwar,Akash Verma,Tapan Seria and Bhaskar Sharma (cleared DDCA League criteria)

First published on: 08-09-2009 at 12:30:17 am
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