Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer has opened up about the alleged interference in team selection which led to his resignation as Uttarakhand’s head coach on Wednesday. Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the domestic arena, Jaffer parted ways with the Uttarakhand team days before the start of the prestigious Vijay Hazare Trophy in February.
Jaffer Parted Ways With The Uttarakhand Team Days Before The Start Of The Vijay Hazare Trophy
The 42-year-old, who played in 31 Tests for India and is a celebrated identify in home cricket, mentioned the cost that he favoured Muslim gamers, which was levelled by Cricket Association of Uttarakhand secretary Mahim Verma in a media report.
Wasim Jaffer had said that players can learn so much from him but they are being denied the opportunity because of the alleged interference and bias of selectors in the selection matters for non-deserving players.
“Jo communal angle lagaya (the communal angle that has been brought up), that is very, very sad,” Jaffer mentioned in a digital press convention.
“They levelled an allegation that I am in favour of Iqbal Abdulla, I wanted to make Iqbal Abdulla as the captain, which is wrong,” he asserted.
“I was going to make Jay Bista the captain, but Rizwan Shamshad and the other selectors suggested that you make Iqbal the captain? he is senior player, has played IPL and is much older…I agreed to their suggestion.”
The main run-getter in Ranji Trophy additionally dismissed allegations that he introduced Maulvis (Muslim non-secular students) to the workforce’s coaching.
“First of all, they mentioned the Maulavis got here there in a bio-bubble and we provided Namaz. Let me let you know one factor, the Maulavi, Maulana, who got here on two or three Fridays in the course of the camp in Dehradun, I had not referred to as him.“
“It was Iqbal Abdulla (Uttarakhand player) who sought mine and the manager’s permission only for the Friday prayer,” he mentioned referring to the 31-year-old all-rounder, who has competed in the IPL however hasn’t performed for India but.
“If I was communal, I could have adjusted the practice timings according to our prayer timings but that’s not the way I am,…what is a big thing in it, I don’t understand,” he added.
Wasim Jaffer had signed a one-year contract with CAU. Uttarakhand gained just one win out of their 5 matches in the current Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.