Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir has condemned the attack on former pacer and current chairman of DDCA’s selection panel Amit Bhandari. Bhandari had to be admitted in hospital after he was attacked by a group of men wielding hockey sticks and iron rods, during a practice match in Delhi on Monday. As a result of the horrific attack, Bhandari suffered injuries to his head and ear.
He was watching a selection trials match with two other selectors at the St Stephen’s Cricket Ground. The attack took place when the first match of the day was about to end. Some men attacked Bhandari with hockey sticks and chains and when the onlookers tried to intervene, they were warned of dire consequences. One player, who was at the ground, said that Bhandari was lucky he was able to run away otherwise things could have become worse.
Rajat Sharma, the president of DDCA, said they were trying to ascertain if this was a selection-related attack. He also said that the attackers will not be spared.
“We are trying to procure all details of the incident,” Sharma told PTI. “As far as I have come to know, it is regarding one disgruntled player, who didn’t make it to the probables list for the National Under-23 tournament. The SHO [Station House Officer] from the local police station has reached the ground, and I have personally spoken to the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The guilty will not go unpunished. I promise exemplary action against whoever is found involved in this misdeed. We will register an FIR.”
And now Gautam Gambhir has also spoken on the matter, condemning it and insisting that he would not let the matter ‘slip under the carpet’. He also called for a life ban on the player who allegedly orchestrated the attack. Gautam Gambhir took to Twitter to vent his anger, writing:
“Disgusted to see this happen right in the heart of the Capital. This can’t slip under the carpet and I will personally ensure it doesn’t. To begin with I am calling for a life ban from all cricket for the player who orchestrated this attack post his non-selection.”
Disgusted to see this happen right in the heart of the Capital. This can’t slip under the carpet and I will personally ensure it doesn’t. To begin with I am calling for a life ban from all cricket for the player who orchestrated this attack post his non-selection. https://t.co/RpS6fzTcNl
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 11, 2019