Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"I am concerned with Sehwag's allegations"

DDCA supremo Arun Jaitely told espnstar.com’s Rajarshi Gupta that he is concerned with Virender Sehwag’s protests.

The explosive Indian opener and Delhi skipper had kicked off a storm last week when he threatened to quit the Delhi Ranji team, citing interferences in the selection of the state players and alleged corruption in the DDCA.

Delhi heavyweights and India regulars Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra and Ishant Sharma joined their captain and sang in his tone soon after and the DDCA was left scurrying for cover.

Concerned officials went into a huddle and groped for answers as the media swooped in on what looked like rocking the very foundation of cricket in the national capital.
Sehwag, who was away in Bangalore to recuperate from an injury exuded confidence in more of his senior mates joining forces and that was what happened when six days ago, seven players mysteriously went missing from the Delhi Ranji camp at the Kotla.
DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan had then told espnstar.com that all the ‘absent' players had the Board's permission and that had nothing to do with the ‘revolt.'
Given the way the entire episode had shaped up, few would have wanted to believe him though he gave this website a detailed account of where each player was.

Not surprisingly therefore, Gautam Gambhir was seen around the Kotla a day back, with Sehwag scheduled to meet the DDCA boss.

However, after a closed-door meeting with Jaitely, some ruffled feathers seemed to have smoothened out.

The politician-cum-cricket administrator assured Sehwag of steps to clean up the system as far as interference in selection is concerned.

"We will not tolerate any interference in selection and will take steps to ensure that the selection process is fair and transparent."

Jaitely was forthright of his assessment of the entire situation.
"When a player of Sehwag's stature raises such questions, it obviously is a matter of concern but you see, there is always room for improvement."
Jaitely was a figure of almost unbelievable calm and poise.

Flanked by DDCA secretary Sunil Dev and Chauhan and other officials, the former Union Law Minister sipped on his evening cuppa as he settled down to congratulate his team on a job well done.

The wagging tongues have been set to rest, for some time at least.

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