Vijay Dahiya sacked as Delhi coach

Sanjeev Sharma has been appointed as the new coach of Delhi © AFP

New Delhi: Sep 13, 2013

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Friday decided to sack Vijay Dahiya from the post of chief coach of the senior state side and promoted his understudy former India medium pacer Sanjeev Sharma in that position.

The All Powerful Sports Committee of the DDCA on Friday met at the Ferozeshah Kotla and decided unanimously to sack Dahiya and appoint Sharma who has worked under Manoj Prabhakar and then Dahiya as an assistant coach.

Former glovesman Rajiv Vinayak will be the assistant coach.

Asked about the reason to remove Dahiya, a DDCA sports committee member told PTI, “He (Dahiya) wasn’t available for the whole season. He is associated with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and during the second phase when we prapare for Vijay Hazare Trophy, he will be busy with KKR camps. Now we don’t want somebody who can’t devote full attention towards Delhi cricket.”

Sharma, who had played two Test matches and 23 One-Day Internationals (ODI) for India in the late 1980’s and early 90’s will have his first assignment as chief coach in the NKP Salve Challengers Trophy where Delhi will play as Vijay Hazare National one-day champions.

“I am honoured that DDCA has entrusted with the duty of taking Delhi team forward. We have players like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, who are successful international players. They will certainly help me as Delhi will be expected to beat all the top sides,” Sharma told PTI.

Sehwag is expected to lead Delhi in the Challengers Trophy in which Gambhir would be absent due to his county engagements with Essex.

“Since Viru (Virender Sehwag) will be available for Challengers, it will be a big boost. Gauti (Gautam Gambhir) won’t be available as he will be busy with playing his last match for Essex during that time. But Unmukt [Chand] will be playing and if Virat [Kohli] is interested, then nothing like it,” said Sharma, who has played 89 First-Class matches for Delhi, Railways and Rajasthan.