New Delhi: True to its style of functioning, the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Friday decided to ‘reward’ Vijay Dahiya for guiding the team to its first ever Vijay Hazare Trophy by dumping him just days before the start of the 2013-14 season.
The decision was arrived at after an acrimonious meeting between members of the DDCA executive committee and sports committee.
However, they failed to explain Dahiya’s omission while elevating his deputy Sanjeev Sharma as chief coach. The recommendations will be forwarded to DDCA president Arun Jaitley for his final approval.
Former India fast bowler Amit Bhandari, who coached Delhi under-25 last season and was the first-choice of all senior players for the top job, makes his big-stage debut as bowling coach even as Rajeev Vinayak makes a surprise comeback as assistant coach as per the final list.
Chetan Chauhan retains his post as chairman of senior selection committee and Vivek Razdan has been included in the panel.
Mukesh Diwan, who has played just two first-class games for Delhi, has been fast-tracked straight into the top-most panel.
Virat Kohli’s coach Raj Kumar Sharma has been appointed Delhi under-19 coach while Shivram Rai has been elevated from under-16 to under-25 coach.
The fight for the coach’s post had been raging over the last one month with the executive and the sports committee coming up with their own candidates. It resulted in the newly-elected sports committee missing its self-imposed deadlines three times in the runup to the upcoming season.
Dahiya’s commitments with Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders was given as one of the reasons for his dismissal.
“There’s nothing wrong with Dahiya’s style of coaching or his ability to give us the desired results, but the general opinion of the committee was that his availability for the entire season was a concern. Even last year he wasn’t there for the T20s with us,” DDCA vice-president Chauhan told MAIL TODAY.
Interestingly, Dahiya’s unavailability for the T20s last season was due to payment concerns with the association, which hasn’t paid any of their coaches for the last two years, rather than the former wicketkeeper’s preoccupation with KKR. Delhi are slated to play the first match of the Challenger Trophy on September 26.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.