New Delhi: Veteran all-rounder Rajat Bhatia had something to cheer for after getting a late NoC from Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) as Rajasthan have summoned him for trials in Jaipur on October 19.
Bhatia, who was dropped from Ranji Trophy 2015-16 squad at the behest of skipper Gautam Gambhir was left in the lurch as no one from DDCA informed the 37-year-old that he won’t be picked this season. With the date of inter-state transfer over, he was under pressure as he was afraid of missing an entire first class season.
“Well, the BCCI appointed ad hoc committee has asked me to report in Jaipur for trials for Rajasthan Ranji team on October 19. The board-appointed selectors will have a look at me at the net session. I am thankful to BCCI that my NOC has been processed and I have chance to play first-class cricket,” Bhatia told PTI on Saturday.
According to sources, BCCI and DDCA vice president CK Khanna, who is a member of Rajasthan’s ad-hoc committee, has been sympathetic after the selectors dropped an utility player without informing him about the move.
“We all now how DDCA works. The association is in a mess, so much so that it has become an open secret. They will only think about the players only after they get time off from chasing proxy votes or serving their own interest or fighting over who is going to be in the sports committee.
“As far as Gautam is concerned, I can only wish him all the best for the season. If he thinks I don’t fit in the team anymore, then so be it. It is not the end of the road for me. I will continue training,” said Bhatia, a veteran of 95 First-Class appearances with 5,394 runs and 119 wickets to his credit.