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DDCA Launches High Performance Academy to Curb Selection Politics | Cricket News – Times of India



NEW DELHI: In a first in the history of Delhi cricket, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has started its own High Performance Academy (HPA) from Saturday. 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 a couple of seasons.Former India batter Gursharan Singh, former India fast bowler Parvinder Awana and former Delhi wicket-keeper 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 aimed at curbing selection politics in state teams by DDCA administrators.
DDCA president Rohan Jaitley has acknowledged that there are deep-rooted problems while selecting teams and that has reflected in the embarrassing 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. Now, nobody knows the whereabouts of players and thus it creates a lot of confusion while selecting teams with many interferences,” Jaitley told TOI. “There needed to be a structure in place for round the year. 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.
DDCA has been in talks with the Delhi government and inspected many grounds in the past two years. This academy will have players selected at various age groups and their progress will be monitored round the year. Established senior players can also avail training facilities during off season as well.
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 further 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 along with Avdesh Shanna and Mahima 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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