New Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has disbanded a panel constituted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) meant to investigate an incident of a security breach at Palam ground during an ongoing Delhi vs. Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy match on Friday evening.
A Delhi resident from Buddh Vihar area who identified himself as Girish Sharma drove his WagonR right into the stadium at full speed when he discovered that no guard was stationed at the Air Force stadium gate. That’s not all he did. The eccentric man who later told police that he worked for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) tried to make an ‘8’ on the pitch as if he’d come for a driving test.
While cricketers Akshdeep Nath and Imtiaz Ahmed ran to save themselves, the car narrowly missed hitting Gautam Gambhir when the pitch invader tried making a sharp turn. The man tried to flee the scene soon after the incident but was caught by Anubhav Kumar, an Air Force Security guard along with the help of some of the spectators.
Kumar was supposed to be manning the station from where it was invaded and was soon taken off duty after the unfortunate, potentially dangerous incident.
In his explanation for the invasion of the pitch told investigators that he did what he did purely out of his “love for the game” and that he wished to earn his “two minutes of fame.”
Girish later gave a different version to TOI and said that when he saw the gate unmanned when he was returning after dropping his sister at the Delhi Airport. He said that when he realized there was a match in play, he decided to take his car in and “meet the players.”
After the condemnable incident, the BCCI had written a strong-worded letter expressing disdain over the security breach to the Services Sports Board. A committee was formed on Monday by CK Khanna, acting BCCI President, to be headed by acting Treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary, Abhishek Dalmiya (Cricket Association of Bengal), and Jay Shah (Gujarat) to look into the matter.
However, the committee lasted for about an hour after it was formed as the CoA disbanded it to put an end its ‘futile’ exercise. Writing to Board members, Rai said, “I find that the acting President didn’t get himself briefed by BCCI administration before deciding to constitute the committee. There was no consultation with CoA either on the issue.”
Elaborating on why the committee was disbanded, he added that Palam ground was an Air Force ground and that the security of armed forces premises is managed entirely by only the armed forces. Hence, the BCCI or any other ‘civilian agency’ won’t be allowed to conduct any kind of investigation on its premises. He said that therefore, constituting the committee was a ‘futile’ exercise.