DDCA inducts Yashpal Sharma, Sunil Valson in its new CAC

The CAC will pick the pick the head coach for Delhi's Ranji team.

The DDCA appointed 1983 World Cup winning squad members Sunil Valson (in pic) and Yashpal Sharma in a new Cricket Advisory Committee to pick selection panels.   -  FILE PHOTO/THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Yashpal Sharma and Sunil Valson, both members of the 1983 World Cup winning team, have been entrusted the job of picking the head coach of the Delhi Ranji team. The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) announced the names of these cricketers on Monday to set in process the preparations for the forthcoming season.

The two-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will also recommend the names for the senior selection panel, which, in turn, will identify the support staff in accordance with the new constitution of the Board.

'An honour'

Yashpal, who resigned as Punjab state selector in February, said, “I accepted the responsibility since it is an honour. It gives me a chance to serve the game. I have lived in Delhi and am well-versed with the talent pool and the system. I am looking forward to the job.”

Previously, Yashpal was associated with DDCA as selector in two stints and also an assistant coach. “It is a job that comes with experience. In today’s cricket, the head coach is an important part of the team and we have to ensure that the selectors are also men of credibility, who don’t come under any pressure from any quarter.”

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Yashpal was also “thrilled” at the opportunity to work with Valson. “He has tremendous knowledge of the game and has been a superb administrator with Delhi Daredevils. He brings lot of experience to the job,” Yashpal added.

For Valson, his association with DDCA continues, having been an Under-19 selector and a member of the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) under the tenure of administrator Justice (Retd) Vikramajit Sen. “Its all about Delhi cricket. I have played for Delhi for so long. It’s about my commitment to the game in whatever way I can contribute and stay in touch with the game,” said Valson.

The interviews for various posts in the senior and junior groups begin on Wednesday.