Sehwag, Chopra in DDCA Cricket Committee

The presence of Gautam Gambhir in the Committee will need the approval of the Ombudsman.

"We will strive to ensure a decent job," says Virender Sehwag.   -  Sandeep Saxena

The newly-elected Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Rajat Sharma on Wednesday announced a three-member Cricket Committee to deal with the State’s cricket affairs.

Former India openers Virender Sehwag and Aakash Chopra, along with Test left-arm spinner Rahul Sanghvi, have given their consent to involve themselves in strengthening Sharma’s effort to streamline the administration.

The presence of Gautam Gambhir in the Cricket Committee would need the approval of the Ombudsman, Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed, former Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir.

Gambhir was nominated last year as Government nominee by Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore but could not take his position in the DDCA Executive Committee due to the Conflict of Interest clause.

Gambhir a 'special invitee'

Since Gambhir is yet to announce his retirement, his nomination in the Committee which will pick the selectors and coaches for various teams for the forthcoming season would need clearance by the Ombudsman. According to Rajat Sharma, “Gambhir has been invited as a special invitee.”

The Cricket Committee is, “authorised to form various selection committees as per the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee and the BCCI guidelines for State association and to give valuable guidance to the Association for improvement of cricket in Delhi.”

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Sehwag’s association with DDCA is being seen as a coup since he had steadfastly avoided Ferozeshah Kotla after his retirement. “I had made my support to only Mr. Rajat Sharma (at the DDCA elections) clear and this is a continuation of it. We will strive to ensure a decent job,” said Sehwag on his role as chairman of the committee.

The convenor for the committee will be the Chief Executive Officer. The DDCA has advertised for the posts of CEO, Chief Operating Officer, GM Cricket Operations and GM-Marketing. The appointments are likely to be made by August 1.

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