Controversy over the selection of DDCA: Beniwal, unknown brand, forced to enter the Ranji squad of Delhi

NEW DELHI: the Delhi Ranji Trophy Team selection raised eyebrows on Monday after an unknown player Ankit Beniwal was included in the 15-member team for the crucial match against Gujarat , as of Tuesday.

Beniwal, despite the opposition of some section, was sent as a net bowler for the Bengal game, although his bowling speed is in the range of only 110-115 km/h.

This is when Delhi, located ninth in the cross group (A and B) with 16 points, is desperate for three points to improve its position. Only the first five will reach the quarterfinals of both Groups.

Gujarat (26 points) are second in the table and all but through to quarter-finals. Their skipper Parthiv Patel It is unlikely to play this game.

the DDCA brass has indicated that a tainted former BCCI vice president and his younger brother, who is now a top DDCA office bearer, have forced the selection committee to pick Beniwal.

DDCA senior selection committee chairman Bantoo Singh and his colleague Anil Bhardwaj were party to this questionable decision. Nobody knows the credentials of this fellow. How has he made it or how many wickets I have taken. But we all know that the two brothers are pushing for inclusion of this guy, a senior DDCA office-bearer, present during the selection meeting, told PTI on condition of anonymity.

" the two brothers have been trying hard to keep this Beniwal fellow in the squad even if he doesn't play a game. I don't know why. We have to keep players like all-rounder Subodh Bhati and pacer Pawan Suyal out of the team," the official said.

the selection panel head Bantoo defended the decision.

No solo the selectores eligieron a Beniwal. Fue una decisión colectiva (de funcionarios y selectores). Culpar a the selectores todo el tiempo no está bien. Elegimos a muchos muchachos por mérito, pero nadie elogia a the selectores. Este tipo tiene sido un jugador de bolos y con Subodh Bhati no actuando, pensamos en darle una oportunidad , dijo.

By the way, another questionable selection is Kshitij Sharma, who made his debut in the Delhi red ball against Bengal. Himmat Singh, who was part of India's U23 team last year, has remained out of the XI game despite influential figures in Indian cricket wanted to track their progress.

Currently, if a player is in the state squad for Ranji Trophy without being in the playing XI, he gets Rs 70,000. If someone is put in the squad for at least seven matches, the player pockets nearly five lakh.

When DDCA's Director of Cricket Sanjay Bhardwaj was asked about Beniwal, I replied: I don't know if there is any corruption or not. But I can tell you that every year this particular player (Beniwal) has been registered under the BCCI roster. Yes, this is the first time he has made it to the final 15.

When asked what Beniwal's performance deserved a place in the team and how many wickets he chose, Bhardwaj, who is also the coordinator, said: I don't know.

Rookie Siddhanth Sharma is likely to make his first class debut.

Delhi Squad: Dhruv Shorey (captain), Nitish Rana (VC), Anuj Rawat (wk), Hiten Dalal, Jonty Sidhu, Kunwar Bidhuri, Vikas Mishra, Kulwant Khejroliya, Khsitij Sharma, Simarjeet Singh, Texas Barokha, Priyansh Arya, Sidiya , Ankit Beniwal, Himmat Singh.