Gautam Gambhir was handed four-match suspension from the first-class cricket on Saturday for creating a dressing room ruckus in March. Gambhir confronted Delhi coach KP Bhaskar at the end of cricket season during Delhi’s last Vijay Hazare Trophy match in Cuttack. After the campaign, Bhaskar failed a complaint against Gambhir with Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) administrator Vikramjit Sen alleging ‘abusive’ and ‘inappropriate’ behaviour on the part of Gambhir.
However, Justice (retired) Vikramajit Sen decided to overturn the punishment for two years — until March 30, 2019, on condition that Gambhir accept this order and does not commit any similar transgressions during this period.
Chairman of the committee Madan Lal in his report stated that Gambhir’s outburst was premeditated with the intention to humiliate and was highly inappropriate and serious in nature.
An inquiry committee was set to find out the reason of the incident. The committee comprised of Vikramjit Sen, comprising chairman Madan Lal, Rajendra R Rathore and advocate Soni Singh found Gambhir guilty and termed the batsman’s behaviour as “serious” and “inappropriate”. read: India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Imran Khan says this is golden opportunity for PAK to restore pride
The reprieve means Gambhir can continue his play and should not be involved in similar incidents during this period.
The Indian national team cricketer could now play for two full cricket seasons without facing sanctions.
“I gave a personal hearing to Mr. Gambhir on 11th June 2017. I thought it prudent not to take a decision during the continuance of the Indian Premier League, for obvious reasons. In the prevailing circumstances, I consider it appropriate and expedient, while accepting the Report & Recommendations of the Committee, to suspend the punishment for a period of two years ending on 30th March 2019 conditional on Mr. Gautam Gambhir accepting this order and provided he does not commit any similar transgressions,” Justice Sen stated.
The three-member committee’s report also suggested that a redressal system for players needed to be set-up while at the same time disciplinary rules need to be established to deter players from indiscipline. Also read: Champions Trophy: MS Dhoni adorable picture with Sarfraz Ahmed’s son goes viral
The committee, however, clearly stated the reasons for recommending a four-match ban for Gambhir. “… Mr. Gambhir’s actions towards Mr. Pillai (KP Bhaskar) with premeditated intent to humiliate the coach on 06 March 2017 were highly inappropriate and of serious nature. It is recommended that such inappropriate behaviour requires being penalised not only in a proportionate manner but in a manner that has a deterrent effect so that it is not repeated and such issues are taken seriously by all team members,” the committee stated.
(With ANI inputs)