Controversy hits DDCA selection issues again as a day after the Vivek Razdan-led panel appointed former Delhi senior team coach Vijay Dahiya incharge of the U-23 unit, the former India wicketkeeper has refused to take the offer.
Dahiya applied for the chief coach job but it was given to former Delhi stalwart KP Bhaskar. Amit Bhandari was named Bhaskar’s deputy while Dahiya was demoted, and given reins of the U-23 unit. A senior DDCA official told The Indian Express that Dahiya was informed in this disregard but the former coach disagrees, and feels the move defies logic.
“Question is did they (the panel) even take my consent,” asks a furious Dahiya. “It doesn’t work this way. I applied for the chief coach job and if I didn’t get that it’s fine. You win some, you lose some. That’s what we sportsmen have learned over the years. But then you can’t put someone in charge of something he never applied for. Why should I take the U-23 assignment when I never applied for the same,” he adds.
For the first time ever, DDCA invited applications and conducted interviews for various positions for the upcoming cricket season. Dahiya feels the process wasn’t followed and if it wasn’t to be followed, it shouldn’t have started.
“What’s the point of all this when it’s not being followed? You see my CV and tell me what’s missing. During my 10-year association with the DDCA, we have won everything. Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare, Syed Mushtaq Ali. There have been difficult times during my work but I have ensured that it doesn’t affect cricket in the middle,” says Dahiya.
Delhi last won the Ranji Trophy in the 2007-08 season but Dahiya feels good times were ahead for the team this season. The former head coach adds that the team was undergoing transition and youngsters made an impact last season.
“We were leading our group after first six matches. Some results didn’t go our way and we failed to advance. It was the first season for many players and they performed exceedingly well. We won seven matches on the trot in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, Ended as runners-up in Vijay Hazare. Not a good run for the young squad?,” asks Dahiya.