Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir has been handed a four first-class match ban for his altercation with coach KP Bhaskar during the Vijay Hazare tournament in March this year, the Press Trust of India reported on Saturday (June 17). A three-member committee comprising of Madan Lal, Rajendra R Rathore and advocate Soni Singh recommended the suspension, that was later deferred to March 2019 by Justice Vikramjit Sen, the administrator at Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).
“The Committee Members agree that considering the above facts and circumstances that have come to light, Mr Gambhir’s actions towards Mr Pillai with premeditated intent to humiliate the coach were highly inappropriate and of serious nature,” Sen said in a statement.
“The position of a coach among the team members is of high respect and dignity. It is a serious disgrace to a coach to be humiliated in front of team members by one of the team members even though if it is a senior player.
“The actions of Mr Gambhir, however well intended, cannot be said to be in the interest of the team, or its performance or the game as it was done on the very last day of the season and therefore could not have been any corrective effect,” the statement said.
Among other decisions, the committee also recommended the creation of a grievance-redressal system for players and framing of disciplinary-action rules that would inform them of the consequences of a transgression.
“It is also recommended that disciplinary action rules and mechanism of imposing penalty are required to be formulated to inculcate discipline in the team members and for predictability and deterrence, where players know that an act of indiscipline would have serious repercussions and are therefore deterred from committing them,” Sen said.
Well, these are some really nasty allegations and a shocker for the lovers of Gambhir. What do you say?