Vijay Dahiya refuses Delhi U-23 coach job


New Delhi: Controversy hits DDCA selection issues again as a day after the Vivek Razdan-led panel appointed former Delhi senior team coach Vijay Dahiya incharge of the U-23 unit, the former India wicketkeeper has refused to take the offer.

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“I am not taking up the Delhi Under-23 chief coach’s job. I am surprised that no one had the courtesy to ask me whether I am ready to accept the position of Under-23 coach. This is simply not on,” Dahiya told to news agency on the sidelines of Duleep Trophy final, where he is commentating.

Dahiya was pipped by former Delhi stalwart K. P. Bhaskar, who has been appointed the chief coach of the Ranji side at a reported salary of Rs 22 lakh for the season. Dahiya’s salary for the Under-23 team was fixed at Rs 12 lakh, a figure that Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) never consulted with former stumper.

What has irked Dahiya is that none of members of the interview panel, including his former teammates Vivek Razdan and Siddharth Sahib Singh informed him about the decision. “Won’t you at least ask me whether I want to coach Under-23 after coaching Ranji team? How can one even announce my name to the media without my consent? Nothing was discussed. 

And I had appeared for the senior coach’s job, something I had been doing for years now,” the 43 year old, who played two Tests and 19 ODIs for India, said. Asked if he could reconsider his decision, Dahiya ruled out any such possibilities. “No question of changing my decision,” Dahiya stated.

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