In one of the most shocking news coming from the game of Cricket, the chief selector of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Amit Bhandari was assaulted by a Delhi Under-23 cricketer Anuj Dheda attacked him on Monday.
Bhandari, who is currently the selector for Delhi, was over-seeing a practice match of the senior’s team at St. Stephen’s College grounds in New Delhi when hockey stick-wielding goons barged into the stadium.
This unfortunate incident happened around 2 pm in North Delhi when a person named Shukhwinder Singh, an accomplice of Bhandari informed the concerned authorities that a group of 10-15 youngsters thrashed the former India fast-bowler with sticks and cricket bats.
Police have arrested the culprit – Anuj Dheda - and his accomplice from their hideouts. The DCP also shared that they attacked Bhandari because Dedha was not selected for the Under-23 side. The player along with one of the attackers have been detained by Delhi Police while they are looking for the other attackers.
Speaking about the situation, the Deputy Commissioner of Police Nupur Prasad, said, “Amit Bhandari has been admitted to Sant Parmanand Hospital with head and leg injuries. He is out of danger. We have arrested Anuj Dheda and his accomplice Naveen from their hideout. Efforts are on to arrest other accomplices.”
President of DDCA, Rajat Sharma, promised that immediate action will be taken regarding this matter and action will be initiated against the perpetrators.
Sharma said, “We are trying to procure all details of the incident. As far as I have come to know, it is regarding one disgruntled player, who did not make it to the probable list for the National U-23 tournament. The SHO from the local police station has reached St. Stephen’s ground and I have personally spoken to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The culprits will not go unpunished. I promise exemplary action against whoever is found involved. We will register an FIR.”
Cricket in Delhi has always been a figure of controversy and has always been mired in corruption charges and allegations of dubious selections at the various age-group levels have also surfaced time and again.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar