Former India player and world cup winner, Gautam Gambhir is handed a FOUR match ban after he had an altercation with the coach of the Delhi team. Gambhir’s actions against coach, KP Bhaskar were deemed “serious” and “inappropriate” by a committee set up by the DDCA, which warranted some serious action to be taken.
DDCA administrator, Justice Vikramjit Sen was part of the committee and put out a statement in which he mentioned that Gambhir had to face the repercussions of his actions.
“Having learnt of an incident, which occurred when the team from DDCA was in Orissa, in which an altercation between Gautam Gambhir and Bhasker Pillai had transpired, and pursuant to a complaint received from Pillai, I met both persons on 10th March 2017. The matter could not be amicably and satisfactorily resolved.
“The Committee Members agree that considering the above facts and circumstances that have come to light, Mr Gambhir’s actions towards Mr Pillai with premeditated intent to humiliate the coach were highly inappropriate and of serious nature. It is recommended that such inappropriate behaviour requires to be penalised not only in a proportionate manner, but in a manner that has a deterrent effect so that it is not repeated and such issues are taken seriously by all team members,” Sen said in a statement.
“The Committee members feel the necessity of deterrent effect of penalties on account of such seriously inappropriate behaviour to inculcate discipline within the team and in the interest of the game of cricket. Having such considerations and findings as above in mind, the Committee Members recommend that Mr Gautam Gambhir should not be allowed to play in 4 (four) First Class matches of the Delhi team at the start of the next season, i.e. 2017-18 on account of his deliberate and pre-meditated inappropriate behavior,” he said.
Gambhir was upset because he did not like the way the coach was handling the youngsters in the squad. He believed that the coach made players like Nitish Rana, Unmukt Chand and Pawan Negi feel “insecure” about their place. Gambhir stood up to the coach and told him that he will not allow the futures of these players to get ruined.