Rajat Sharma imposes life ban on Anuj Dedha for attacking Amit Bhandari

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 13/02/2019

Rajat Sharma imposes life ban on Anuj Dedha: The President of DDCA had laid emphasis on exploring a larger conspiracy.

Former India pacer and current Delhi selector Amit Bhandari was recently attacked by a few goons after he didn’t select a player for an upcoming tournament. Bhandari, 40, was immediately taken to a nearby hospital and was eventually declared ‘out of danger’.

Identified as Anuj Dedha, the cricketer had launched an attacked on the selector after he was denied a spot in Delhi’s U-23 squad. Dedha and his hired goons attacked Bhandari at St Stephen’s ground while he was watching a practice match of the Delhi’s team for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Former cricketers condemn the incident

The incident invited condemning reactions from several Delhi cricketers and Bhandari’s teammates when he played for India.

DDCA imposes a life ban

In a recent interview with The Times of India, DDCA (Delhi & Districts Cricket Association) President Rajat Sharma announced a life ban for Dedha.

“The DDCA has decided to impose a life ban on the cricketer and they will also probe into matters in which selectors are forced to pick a few players in the team. “I agree with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir’s suggestion and we will be banning Anuj for life,” Rajat Sharma was quoted as saying.

Not taking the incident lightly, Sharma also mentioned that a large conspiracy needs to be explored and that an extensive investigation will be carried out.

“The angle of a larger conspiracy needs to be explored. There needs to be an extensive investigation in this matter. I have also decided that there will be a probe into all the complaints regarding selectors getting calls to pick certain players. There have been several such complaints this year. The LG has assured me that he will extend his support in this matter,” Sharma added.

Kirti Azad writes to Rajat Sharma

In a letter to Sharma, former India cricketer Kirti Azad mentioned that cases of goons trying to force their way into the Delhi squad is happen every couple of years.

“It has been a history in DDCA that every couple of years, a goon tries to force his way into the squad, not on merit, but on the back of strong arm tactics. The past has seen entire Selection Committees being sacked rather than pressurising the police to register criminal cases against the delinquent cricket players,” Azad wrote in a letter to Sharma.

Read Sharma’s immediate take on the matter below:


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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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