Bhandari, who sustained head and ear injuries, was rushed to Sant Paramanand Hospital at nearby Civil Lines by his colleague Sukhvinder Singh. He has been declared out of danger but has got four stitches on his head.
The incident took place around 1.15 pm at St. Stephens College ground here on Monday when 33 players were called in to take part in a Twenty20 trial match to select Delhi team for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament.
Gautam Gambhir has called for a life ban
“Disgusted to see this happen right in heart of the capital. This can’t slip under the carpet and I will personally ensure it does not,” Gambhir tweeted. “To begin with I am calling for a life ban for the player who orchestrated this attack post his non-selection.”
Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) president Rajat Sharma told PTI that the guilty would not be spared.
“The SHO from the local police station has reached the Stephen’s ground and I have personally spoken to Delhi police commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The guilty will not go unpunished.
I promise exemplary action against whoever is found involved in this misdeed. We will register an FIR,” Sharma said.Sharma, who visited Bhandari at the hospital said, “He is very shaken and it is natural. The doctors have advised that he should be kept under observation for 24 hours as a precautionary measure.”
“The goons were pressurising him to select a player, who had failed to get into the U-23 team on merit. Bhandari claimed that one man had also threatened him with a revolver. This is shameful that an honest selector was being prevented from performing his duties. I have been told that one person has been detained for questioning,” said Sharma.
“We are looking into the matter and a case will be registered after recording the statement of the victim,” Nupur Prasad, deputy commissioner of police (north), said.