More Indian cricketers join Sehwag over selection row
NEW DELHI: Virender Sehwag''s allegations of nepotism and corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) triggered a virtual revolt against the administration with more senior players like Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma threatening to quit the Delhi Ranji team.
Sehwag claimed that more players would support him on the issue, raising the possibility of a showdown just weeks before the Ranji season.
The players are unhappy with the DDCA sports committee, which, they claimed, interfered in selection matters and also indulged in corruption.
Apart from Gambhir and Sharma, left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra was another senior player who has Sehwag''s campaign against the sports committee.
Gambhir and Nehra made it clear that even they would "not hesitate" to move out to other associations if things did not improve and transparency in the selection process was not brought in.
Gambhir also felt the DDCA sports committee, which did not have a single cricketer on its panel, needed to be changed as it put pressure on captains and stand-in captains to play their candidates.
Ishant voiced his support for Sehwag, saying, "he is absolutely right about selection matters".