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batsman Gautam Gambhir was given a four-match ban from first-class
cricket after an altercation with Delhi coach KP Bhaskar earlier this
Gambhir, who is Delhi's captain, criticised Bhashkar in March during
the Vijay Hazare Trophy competition for making the younger members of
the squad feel insecure.
The left-handed Gambhir has been found guilty of "seriously
inappropriate behaviour" by an enquiry committee that was set up by the
The committee said in a statement: "The Committee Members agree that
considering the above facts and circumstances that have come to light, Gambhir's actions towards Pillai with premeditated intent to
humiliate the coach were highly inappropriate and of serious nature.
"The position of a coach among the team members is of high respect
and dignity. It is a serious disgrace to a coach to be humiliated in
front of team members by one of the team members even though if it is a
"The actions of Gambhir, however well intended, cannot be said to
be in the interest of the team, or its performance or the game as it was
done on the very last day of the season and therefore could not have
been any corrective effect."