Left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir has been handed four-match suspension from first-class cricket for for his altercation with Delhi coach KP Bhaskar.
Gambhir had criticised Bhaskar for creating an insecure environment during this year’s Vijay Hazare Trophy in March. He was found guilty of ‘seriously inappropriate behaviour’ by a three-member independent inquiry committee, set up by Justice Vikramjit Sen, comprising Madan Lal, Rajendra Rathore and Soni Singh.
The committee suspended the punishment of two-year period as Gambhir accepted the ruling. Sen has said that Gambhir’s action was serious disgrace to insult a coach in front of team members.
“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.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com