A truck load of goons and a not so innocent selector

When I was in college, it used to be a fairly normal thing for kids with power to get a truck load of goons into the campus and have their way. The cricket team selection was one of those things that no oridinary kid argued about or raised his/her voice against. So, when I first read this article in Hindusthan Times, it didnt really hit me hard. It took a while for me to say - "Wait a minute, this is the selection to the Delhi Ranji squad (a premier team's selection to the country's premier domestic tournament) that we are talking about, not some i-dont-care-who-gets-in college cricket team".

Heard of Navdeep Tomar, allegedly the last name on that list? Well, Tomar is known in Delhi's cricketing circles but more for non-cricketing reasons than any on-field activities. He is the same player who brought truckload of goons first to the National Stadium Ranji camp and then to DDCA last season to get his name on the probables' list.

This year, too, he has not given up. His name is being drafted into all the possible lists prepared so far. Quietly! If a top DDCA official is to be believed, he has almost been given an affidavit that he will play the Ranji one-dayers early next year.


Sad, isn't it? If this isn't enough, there is this new story, also in Hindusthan Times on how a certain Bhola Shankar ("Bhola" is innoccent in Hindi), an under-15 DDCA selector wasn't quite "Bhola" enough.

The DDCA Sports Committee has decided that an under-15 selector, Bhola Shankar, will no longer be part of its panel after he was caught taking money for selections.

Ever since Bhola was appointed selector last season, it was rumoured he was corrupt. Things took an ugly turn when the father of a left-arm spinner in the standby list last season, threatened to expose the selector when his son was not included for the first two games this year too.

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