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The turf-war between Delhi & Districts Cricket Association’s sports committee and the ad-hoc selection panel appointed...

The turf-war between Delhi & Districts Cricket Association’s sports committee and the ad-hoc selection panel appointed by the executive body for the under-19 and under-22 levels took a new twist on Wednesday with the former threatening to suspend the ongoing conditioning camps for the U-19 and U-22 probables.

As has been already reported,the sports committee has been seething with the way the ad-hoc panel — which includes Chetan Chauhan,Hari Gidwani and Vinay Lamba — went about pruning down the list of players who were to be part of these camps.

Tension has been brewing since the day the original list — of 34 and 46 probables for the U-22 and U-19 camps respectively — were shortlisted by the panel.

To end the feud,DDCA president Anil Jaitley had called a meeting at his residence on Tuesday evening that was attended by the ad-hoc panel,DDCA vice-president CK Khanna,sports secretary Sunil Dev and general secretary Sneh Bansal. And while there was finally consensus on the decision to accommodate the seven players in the U-19 camp and four in the U-22 camp who were left out after the pruning,the the sticky issue of holding trials for these players left the sports committee members angry.

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“They (the ad-hoc panel) cannot call for trials during the conditioning camp. They were only asked to oversee these camps but now they have exceeded their brief. We have suspended the camps for the time being. We will hold a meeting on Wednesday and then decide the next course of action regarding the continuation of camps,” sports committee member Vijay Bahadur Mishra told Sportline on Tuesday.

However,despite the sports committee threat,the panel has laid out elaborate plans to hold net sessions and trial matches to judge the probables.

“Our main concern is that genuine players should get all the encouragement that they need. But we also need to judge their temperaments. So they’ll be judged during the nets and the trial matches,” Vinay Lamba said.

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Roles undefined
The crux of this fight lies in the fact that while Delhi’s U-19 and U-22 teams will only be picked from the pruned list of 30,the ad-hoc panel’s role in the entire process was not clearly defined and hence the confusion.

“Our role is not defined and that’s why there is a confusion of what we can do or cannot. Having said that ,however,we have to weed out players who have been continuously getting picked in a succession of age-group teams — from U-15 to U-22 — without any significant performances,” a selection panel member said on conditions of anonymity.

First published on: 09-09-2009 at 04:37:17 am
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