Coaches threaten legal action over selection criteria

The DDCA norms for coaches require the candidate to be a first-class cricketer, which has irked the Delhi Cricket Coaches' Association (DCCA) that has threatened to seek legal recourse for being denied opportunities to apply for the position of coaches.

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Administrator Justice (Retd) Vikramajit Sen had followed the process that was set last year by inviting applications for various positions in coaching and selection.   -  The Hindu

The Delhi Cricket Coaches' Association (DCCA) on Monday threatened to seek legal recourse for being denied opportunities to apply for the position of coaches.

“If we do not receive a positive response to our request, we shall be left with no alternative but to approach the courts. We should not be faulted for having held up the entire selection process and hurting the interests of cricket in Delhi this season because we want justice,” said DCCA president Gurcharan Singh.

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Administrator Justice (Retd) Vikramajit Sen had followed the process that was set last year by inviting applications for various positions in coaching and selection. The DCCA has questioned the criteria for the same.

“The DDCA's basic criterion for the applicants to be a first-class debars practically 90% of the coaches in Delhi from applying for a job. No where is this practice followed that only first-class cricketer can be taken as coaches. Professional coaches have been the backbone of Delhi cricket for long. Why deny them this opportunity just because they have not played first-class cricket,” asked Gurcharan, who is a Dronacharya Award recipient.

“Our association consists of coaches who have acquired professional coaching qualifications from NIS, and other Level I, II and III courses from recognised institutions,” said Gurcharan.

Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi supported the DCCA's anguish. “They have every right to feel let down because they work all the year. It's grossly unfair to not allow them a chance to stake claims.”