Former Indian cricketer and Delhi and District Cricket Association chairman of senior selection committee Amit Bhandari was attacked in New Delhi's Kashmere Gate area on Monday afternoon. The incident happened at the St Stephen's Ground where the trials of the Under-23 Mushtaq Ali Trophy were going on. The attackers are suspected to be U-23 aspirants who reportedly weren't selected in the team. The incident has landed Bhandari in hospital and former Indian players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have condemned the act.
Reportedly, Bhandari was attacked with iron rods and hockey sticks at the trials after which he was rushed to Sant Parmanand Hospital by his co-selector Sukhvinder Singh. Bhandari has suffered injuries on his head and legs. Taking to Twitter, Bhandari’s former teammates and Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have condemned the attack. Sehwag asked for stern action against the attackers and wished that such incidents don’t happen in the future.
On the other hand, Gambhir called for a life ban on cricketers who plan such attacks and said that he will personally look into the matter.
While interacting with reporters, DCP Nupur Prasad revealed how the incident started. "The selection committee was selecting players for Mushtaq Ali Trophy selection. One rejected player came to him and questioned why he was not selected. Then he started beating him (Bhandari). First he used his hands, then used a stick to attack,"
Bhandari who hot seven stitches post the incident gave his statement to the police. "I've given my statement to the police. I've given them the reason of selection and the names (of attackers) as well."