NEW DELHI: The Haryana Cricket Association (HCA), which reportedly offered the ‘red carpet’ to Virender Sehwag when the batting star said that he might switch over to Haryana because of ‘rampant corruption in selection matters in Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA),’ seems to be having second thoughts over the issue.
HCA president Arvind Chaudhary told TOI on Thursday: “The people of Haryana as well as HCA do want an icon like Sehwag. But we would like him to join us under normal circumstances. Given the current situation, we don’t want to fish in troubled waters.”
HCA secretary Aniruddh Mahendra echoed Chaudhary’s views: “This is an internal matter of the DDCA. We hope it is resolved. If Sehwag wishes to play for Haryana, he is always welcome.”
Chaudhary, meanwhile, clarified: “There are procedures that need to be followed, like taking an NoC. But before that, Sehwag must sort out differences with DDCA president Arun Jaitley”.
The HCA president also admitted that earlier an invitation was extended to Sehwag to play for Haryana. “But things didn’t materialize then. Ideally, Sehwag coming to Haryana can’t be mixed with whatever is happening in Delhi. These are two separate issues and I don’t want it to get mixed,” Chaudhary added.
The HCA also distanced itself from the controversy relating to the 23-acre plot in Jhajjar which was gifted to Sehwag by the Haryana government in 2008 and where the cricketer is supposed to build an academy soon.
“HCA has got nothing to do with the fact that Sehwag has been given a piece of land in Haryana. Besides, Sehwag is not going to play for Haryana just because he has been given land here. To tell you, the HCA doesn’t have any land of its own to build a stadium,” Chaudhary pointed out.
Meanwhile, DDCA sources claimed that players who have supported Sehwag as he took on the DDCA would not be leaving Delhi this year. “Almost all the leading players are with Sehwag on this matter but they are not going to leave the state for sure. We have spoken to all of them and we are hoping for normalcy the moment DDCA president Arun Jaitley steps in,” a top DDCA official added.