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DDCA High Performance Academy: Tackling Selection Issues in Delhi Cricket | Delhi News – Times of India

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New Delhi: In a first for Delhi cricket, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has opened its own High Performance Academy (HPA). DDCA has tied up with the Delhi government and obtained a ground in Bharat Nagar in north Delhi for the round-the-year academy.
The development has come at a time when Delhi’s teams across age groups have been struggling in BCCI tournaments for the last few seasons. Former India batter Gursharan Singh, former India fast bowler Parvinder Awana and former Delhi wicketkeeper Devendra Sharma have been appointed as coaches.
In a bid to formulate a programme on the lines of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), the HPA is also aiming at curbing selection politics in state teams by DDCA administrators. DDCA president Rohan Jaitley has acknowledged that there were deep-rooted problems with selection which has reflected in the ‘poor display’ by the senior team, in particular.
“This has been my pet project when I took over as the president of DDCA. We needed to have an academy of our own to monitor players round the year. There have been multiple complaints about selection politics. That needs to be checked. The HPA will help creating a pool of players and only those players will be picked during the domestic season,” Jaitley told TOI. “There needed to be a structure in place. Our cricket has suffered and administration has been equally responsible for that. That needs to be corrected to see there are no discrepancies in selections,” he added.
Age fraud complaint against U-19 cricketer
A complaint has been registered with DDCA ombudsman which alleges age fraud by Anirudh Sharma who was picked in Delhi U-19 team in the 2021-2022 season. Interestingly, Anirudh is the son of Avdesh Sharma who has recently filed police complaint alleging corruption in selection in DDCA.
“It has been alleged that the actual date of birth of Anirudh Sharma is 19.03. 2002 whereas the eligibility cut-off date was 01.09.2002. In order to play cricket beyond his actual age, Anirudh Sharma fabricated his birth records and concealed his actual date of birth, and got a birth certificate issued wherein the date of birth is shown as 30.10.2002,” the notice from ombudsman read. The allegations were made on the basis of screenshots from Anirudh’s facebook page where it showed that his birthday was on March 19 instead of Oct 30.

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