Former Indian cricketer attacked during U-23 trial at St Stephens college

Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) chairperson Amit Bhandari was attacked by at least two aspiring cricketers on Monday after they apparently failed the trials, officials of Delhi police and DDCA said.

The incident took place at St Stephens ground in north Delhi area at around 1 pm during trials for the Under-23 Mushtaq Ali Trophy, they said.

“Around 1 pm, two-three players came to him (Bhandari) and started hitting him with a bat on his head. He was bleeding and was rushed to hospital,” a DDCA official told ANI.

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“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,” DCP Nupur Prasad told reporters.

“I’ve given my statement to the police. I’ve given them the reason of selection & the names (of attackers) as well:, said Amit Bhandari.

The act was condemned by many cricketers of the country including Gautam Gambhir and Virendra Sehwag, who took to twitter to express their ‘disgust’ at the act.

(With ANI inputs)

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