Amit Bhandari
Amit Bhandari (AFP Photo)

The turn of events leading up to the assault on Delhi selector Amit Bhandari has sent shock waves across Indian cricket fraternity with former India captain Sourav Ganguly calling the incident as unthinkable. (ALSO READ: Will be imposing life ban on Anuj Dedha, says DDCA President)

“I was surprised and shocked when I came to know about the incident. I could never think that such a thing could happen in cricket,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by The Telegraph India on Tuesday. “But strict action should be taken against those guilty and they should be punished appropriately.”

Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) Senior selection committee chairman Bhandari was attacked by an U-23 cricketer Anuj Dedha and his goons at the St Stephen’s ground on Monday when he was watching a warm-up game of the senior Delhi team preparing for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Dedha along with 15 others attacked Bhandari with hockey sticks, cricket bats and rods and the former pacer sustained injuries on his forehead and other body parts.

Another former India international Arun Lal called the assault as ‘horrible’ and ‘unpardonable’.

“This is the first time that I have heard about such a thing. It’s absolutely horrible… It can’t get worse probably. It just tells you where we are going as a society. It’s unpardonable. I can’t even think of something like that happening,” he said.

Recalling his own struggles with selection matters, Lal said, “We have heard a lot about politics being involved with cricketing matters such as selection, that has always been there. Selectors being pressurised for selection is nothing new… Sometimes you are pressurised by a minister, sometimes by officials. Even I had faced similar issues when I was the captain. But never had it turned into violence… This is sheer violence,” he said.