Two days after resigning from his post as head coach of the Uttarakhand team, citing interference in the selection by the directors of the state association, former Indian drummer Wasim Jaffer refuted the claims of the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) that he was biased by the community.
“I am deeply saddened to have been accused of having community or religious prejudice after being involved in cricket for all these years,” Jaffer said speaking to the media on Wednesday.
“These are serious allegations. I’ll have to put my side forward. I explained all the reasons for my resignation in the email sent to the association and I stand by it, but it is very sad to have to talk about these matters. You all know me, you have seen me for a long time, so you all know what I am.
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CAU allegedly accused Jaffer of inviting Maulavis to the training, changing the team’s slogan to “Ram Bhakt Hanuman Ki Jai (Hail Hanuman, devotee of Ram) ”to“ Go Uttarakhand ”and raising Iqbal Abdulla, a professional from Mumbai who was hired as a guest player, as a captain instead of a local.
Jaffer said Abdulla took his permission and that of the team leader and invited a Maulavi “two or three times during Dehradun camp to facilitate mass prayers on Friday” and that no one had a problem with that. that. By changing the slogan, he refuted the allegation.
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He said he heard the boys use “Rani Mata Sachche Darbar Ki Jai, linked to the Sikh community ”during training matches. “When we got to Baroda for the tournament I said we don’t play as a community, we play for Uttarakhand so we have to come up with a tagline for Uttarakhand. Something like “Come on, Uttarakhand or Go Uttarakhand”. If I had to be communal, I would have told them to chant Allah-ho-Akbar. Because we represented Uttarakhand, we had to be together despite several religions.
According to Jaffer, he had proposed Jay Bista, Mumbai’s first game, as captain, but it was the selectors and CAU officials who convinced him to let Abdulla – with IPL experience – lead the team. team. As for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he said he proposed Dikshanshu Negi as captain.
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“Neither the chief selector (Rizwan Shamshad), nor any other selector nor the association officials were in contact with me. The only point of contact for me was the CEO. Since no one consulted me, I sent them my suggested team with Dikshanshu as captain since I wanted a local to lead, ”he said.
In addition to representing India in 31 tests and two ODIs, Jaffer remains the best run-getter of the Ranji Trophy. He admitted he faced similar whispers during his four-year tenure as captain of Mumbai.
“At the time, they said I had pushed Iqbal Abdulla and Rahil Shaikh as captain. They didn’t understand that it was Dilip Vengsarkar and Abey Kuruvilla as coaches who selected them, ”Jaffer said.
“Iqbal was part of the Indian Under-19 World Cup squad (in 2008) and when Sachin Tendulkar took Rahil Shaikh to the Mumbai Indians (in 2009) no one talked about it.
Kumble supports Jaffer
Former Indian captain Anil Kumble lent his support to Jaffer on Thursday.
“With you Wasim. I did the right thing. Unfortunately, it’s the players who are going to miss your mentor ship,” Kumble wrote on his Twitter account.