India news June 17, 2017

Gambhir gets suspended ban for coach spat

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The committee found Gautam Gambhir's actions premeditated with intent to humiliate KP Bhaskar © AFP

Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir was handed a four-match suspended ban from first-class cricket for his altercation with coach KP Bhaskar in March this year. A three-member independent inquiry committee, set up by Justice Vikramjit Sen, comprising Madan Lal, Rajendra Rathore and Soni Singh, found Gambhir guilty of "seriously inappropriate behaviour".

The committee, however, suspended the punishment for a two-year period, ending on March 19, 2019, contingent on Gambhir accepting the ruling.

During this year's Vijay Hazare Trophy, Gambhir had criticised Bhaskar of creating an insecure environment for youngsters. Subsequently, the DDCA set up a committee to investigate the argument.

"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.

Among other decisions, the committee also recommended the creation of a grievance-redressal system for players and framing of disciplinary-action rules that would inform them of the consequences of a transgression.

"It is also recommended that disciplinary action rules and mechanism of imposing penalty are required to be formulated to inculcate discipline in the team members and for predictability and deterrence, where players know that an act of indiscipline would have serious repercussions and are therefore deterred from committing them," Sen said.

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  • sunilvaidya on June 20, 2017, 5:22 GMT

    robin292...gautam gambhir was in red hot form in 2008-2009. in these 2 years he played in 13 tests 25 innings and scored 1861 runs hit 7 100s and 7 50s and averaged more than 75 runs for those 2 years...after that things went downhill for him....from 2010-2016 he played 31 tests 56 innings 1601 runs with 1 100 13 50s with an average of 29.64 runs,,,,

    and the coach K P Bhaskar though he has never played any test has played 95 first class matches and in 124 innings scored 5443 runs with an average of 52.84 with 18 100s and 21 50s...

  • SirBobJones on June 20, 2017, 4:49 GMT

    @Ronita May I ask where you got that information from? I'm very interested in players' political views, but rarely is it publicly available information anywhere, at least not outside the Subcontinent. Thank you .

  • Robin292 on June 19, 2017, 5:07 GMT

    Dont know enough about this incident but here is a thought on GG. He was once in red hot form..missed a Test match to attend his sister's wedding and never the same player again. Love to see his average pre wedding versus post wedding??!! Thoughts anyone?

  • Oldtimer01 on June 18, 2017, 16:29 GMT

    Let us throw out dhoni and get back gambhir.

  • Punjabiguy on June 18, 2017, 15:47 GMT

    India so badly ruined by PAKISTAN

  • Ronita on June 18, 2017, 13:54 GMT

    To harsh a punishment for just criticizing. Anyway Gumbhir and Sehwag are right wing fanatics so their behaviour is influence by their right wing thoughts.

  • nareshgb1 on June 18, 2017, 13:18 GMT

    they should have added specific comments about the "insecure environment" that Gambhir talked about - did it exist or not? This seems a case of the more modern GG (rightly) being unhappy with older generation for their "overly strict" attitude.

  • seamer11 on June 18, 2017, 11:27 GMT

    Some people just do not understand the concept of coaching and a coach a coach is a man who should get the the best out of the young players

  • seamer11 on June 18, 2017, 11:18 GMT

    G G is right and k p bhaskar is not a coaching material

  • Chanprah on June 18, 2017, 11:06 GMT

    "The committee, however, suspended the punishment for a two-year period, ending on March 19, 2019, contingent on Gambhir accepting the ruling". Come-on, so he is guilty but can escape with deferred punishment

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