Gautam Gambhir DDCA
Gautam Gambhir © AFP (file photo)

Cornered during the 17-month regime of Court-appointed administrator Justice Vikramajit Sen, Gautam Gambhir will be back as “government nominee” in DDCA, informed newly-elected secretary Vinod Tihara. Gambhir was appointed government nominee last year but Justice Sen made it clear that he won’t be allowed as long as he remains an active cricketer.

However, after the Rajat Sharma panel swept to victory in the DDCA elections, secretary Tihara made it clear during an interaction at Feroz Shah Kotla that they have grand plans for Gambhir: ”The elected members will look after administrative side but cricketing decisions will be taken by cricketer. Gautam is one of the biggest names in Delhi cricket. It’s only natural, he will play a major role. You can put it on record, Gautam will take all policy decisions with regards to cricket … How can we forget that after the KP Bhaskar incident? He was summoned for a disciplinary hearing and made to sit outside and wait like a criminal. That’s not how you treat a celebrated cricketer.”

Tihara made it clear that Gambhir’s decision will be accorded due respect and it will be him, who would decide on who all will constitute the Cricket Affairs Committee. Madan Lal, who lost the presidential elections, is the current head of CAC but it is unlikely he will continue. Incidentally, it was Lal who headed the disciplinary committee that handed a four-match suspended sentence for Gambhir’s fracas with coach Bhaskar in 2016-17.

“We want former players like Mithun Manhas to also get involved in cricketing decisions along with Director of Cricket Sanjay Bhardwaj,” Tihara said.