NCA retaliates drops Gursharan off panel

Published: Friday, May 4, 2001, 22:00 [IST]
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Mumbai: The National Cricket Academy (NCA) on Friday dropped former Test cricketer Gursharan Singh from a panel of trainers to coach the North Zone Cricket Academy (NZCA), established at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi.

NCA chairman Raj Singh Dungarpur told reporters that the NCA committee unanimously decided that there was no need to appoint a fifth coach as done by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) without any authority.

Dungarpur said the committee comprising former cricketers like S Venkatraghavan, Polly Umrigar, Brijesh Patel and Sunil Gavaskar felt really hurt that a fine former cricketer was being kept from contributing his best to the game and punished for no fault on his part.

However, he said the issue of discipline couldn't be ignored as it was done in the case of Harbhajan Singh and Murali Kartik who were sacked from the academy. The committee squarely blamed DDCA and BCCI vice-president C K Khanna for appointing Gursharan as the coach along with the official coaches Chetan Sharma, Surinder Khanna, Yashpal Sharma and Rajinder Amarnath.

Dungarpur said a strong protest along with the directive in this regard would be sent to DDCA.

Earlier on May 2 in New Delhi, the controversy about the appointment of coaches was blown over as Gursharan also joined the panel of trainers, led by Yashpal Sharma as the chief coach.

Khanna had said, ''there is no problem with the appointment of Gursharan as the fifth coach with the consent of Dungarpur.''

It proved another stroke of bad luck for Gursharan, once touted as country's middle order hope, who played Test cricket for India at a very young age that too against world champions Clive Lloyd's West Indies.

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