Left-arm pacer Pradeep Sangwan’s shoulder surgery in England is the latest example of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) doing its bit to ensure that players regain fitness and return to the game.
The bill on Sangwan’s surgery came to Rs.9.79 lakh. The association had earlier spent Rs.33,525 on him for another treatment, taking his recent medical bill to Rs.10.12 lakh.
Sangwan’s left shoulder was operated upon by renowned surgeon Andrew Wallace in London a few days ago. Sangwan, who has tested positive for Stanazolol (16 Beta Hydroxyl and 3 OH, androgenic anabolic steroids) and faces a ban from cricket, underwent arthroscopy on his shoulder.
One night at the Hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth, where the surgery took place, cost DDCA £ 7,772, besides an admission fee of £ 2,590.50. This doesn’t include other expenditure like air tickets.
Apart from Sangwan, DDCA has been providing medical assistance to other players as well, including some who haven’t represented Delhi as yet. Even umpires and scorers attached with DDCA get a helping hand as families of late scorers Ishwar Rawat and Amarnath would testify.
DDCA spent a huge sum on left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra, who has had a spate of injuries throughout his career. Nehra’s latest medical bill was around Rs.15 lakh. He had a knee and hamstring problem and DDCA sent him to England for treatment. Leg-spinner Chetanya Nanda visited South Africa in 2011- 12 to get his knee treated. It cost the DDCA Rs.9.12 lakh.
Pacer Sumit Narwal had a shoulder problem in the 2011-12 season, and he returned with a bill of Rs.6.25 lakh from London.
“The association has been very kind to me. It’s because of them that I’m playing cricket again,” Narwal told Mail Today. “I spent two days at a hospital and a total of 10 days in London for treatment.” Veteran batsman Mithun Manhas has availed DDCA’s largesse several times. His latest medical was worth Rs.2 lakh, spent on the physiotherapy done on his troublesome back in England in 2011-12.
“Once a player comes to us seeking medical help, we immediately discuss his case among our senior association members and then try to give him the necessary assistance so that he could regain fitness and return to the game,” DDCA general secretary S. P. Bansal told Mail Today.
“When Sangwan came to us, we discussed his issue and promptly provided the financial assistance. This was done before we came to know about his positive dope test,” he pointed out.
Chetan Chauhan, a DDCA vice-president who played 40 Test matches, plays an important role in players getting medical benefits, as Narwal pointed out.
“Players like Sangwan and Narwal have been representing Delhi for a while and have contributed immensely to the cause of Delhi cricket. So, when they and others get injured we bear their full medical bills,” Chauhan said.
“It is not about the money; it’s the services they have rendered that is important.”