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DDCA conundrum: Bhatia, Awana not qualified to be selectors

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The order on new BCCI constitution has put the in a fix as two of its newly-appointed selectors -- Rajat and -- do not qualify to hold the post as per stipulated norms.

The & Districts Association's Committee comprising Virender Sehwag, Aakash Chopra, and zeroed in on for the senior committee, while Awana is a part of the junior panel.

While former pacer Awana, who had played two T20 Internationals in 2012, announced his retirement from competitive last month, is yet to call it quits.

The state association's constitution is supposed to be a mirror image of the parent body's constitution. The apex court order states that a can only be eligible to become a national selector "if he has retired from the game at least five years previously".

As per the new diktat, won't be able to issue appointment letters to Bhatia and Awana as it will not be in conformity with the rules.

Bhatia admitted that he has not announced his retirement having played in the as recently as February. Awana had played his last match in December 2016, making him ineligible.

"I had intimated that once I sign the contract, I will announce my retirement from competitive cricket. My letter is ready but I need to get my contract first. As far as SC order is concerned, I am not aware about the stipulations. I expect to tell me if there's an issue with my appointment," Bhatia told today.

He expects that the state association will intimate him sooner than later.

"Look the season will start next month and there shouldn't be a situation where players don't get time to mentally prepare as the teams are announced late," Bhatia said.

A said that ultimately both Bhatia and Awana will have to go but they can certainly buy time as it will take some time before the BCCI and, subsequently the states, formally adopts the new constitution.

"Yes, it is a problem. Rajat and Awana in the long run won't be able to continue. But the final decision will rest with DDCA He is expected to consult with his legal team before taking a decision. But we have some time before BCCI adopts the constitution," the said.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 19:30 IST