The Supreme Court order on new Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) constitution has put the Delhi and District Cricket Administration (DDCA) in a fix. Two of the Delhi board’s newly appointed selectors – Rajat Bhatia and Parvinder Awana – do not qualify to hold the post as per stipulated norms.
The DDCA’s cricket committee comprising Virender Sehwag, Aakash Chopra, Rahul Sanghvi and Gautam Gambhir zeroed in on Bhatia for the senior committee, while Awana is a part of the junior panel.
While former pacer Awana, who had played two T20 Internationals in 2012, announced his retirement from competitive cricket last month, Bhatia is yet to call it quits.
The board’s constitution is supposed to be a mirror image of BCCI’s constitution. The apex court order states that a player can only be eligible to become a national selector “if he has retired from the game at least five years previously”. For the same reason, DDCA can’t appoint Bhatia and Awana as selectors.
Bhatia admitted that he has not announced his retirement having played in the Dhaka League last February. Awana had played his last match in December 2016, making him ineligible.
“I had intimated that once I sign the contract, I will announce my retirement from competitive cricket. My letter is ready but I need to get my contract first. As far as SC order is concerned, I am not aware about the stipulations. I expect DDCA to tell me if there’s an issue with my appointment,” Bhatia on Monday.
A senior DDCA official said that Bhatia and Awana can be selectors till the BCCI formally adopts the new constitution.
“Yes, it is a problem. Rajat and Awana in the long run won’t be able to continue. But the final decision will rest with DDCA president Rajat Sharma. He is expected to consult with his legal team before taking a decision. But we have some time before BCCI adopts the constitution,” the DDCA official said.