Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer, who resigned as the head coach of the Uttarakhand cricket team on Tuesday, was levied with allegations for that he tried to force religion-based selections in the team the following day.
Soon after Jaffer resigned, charges were imposed on the veteran saying that he favoured Muslim players. The accusations were allegedly levelled by Cricket Association of Uttarakhand secretary Mahim Verma in a media report, had caused him immense pain.
Jaffer had resigned on Tuesday citing “interference and bias of selectors and the association’s secretary for non-deserving players” as the reason.
“…jo communal angle lagaya (the communal angle that has been brought up), that is very, very sad,” Jaffer is quoted as saying by PTI in a virtual press conference.
“They levelled an allegation that I am in favour of Iqbal Abdulla, I wanted to make Iqbal Abdulla as the captain, which is absolutely wrong,” he said.
Jaffer took to his Twitter account, gave his stance
“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.”
Jaffer side-lined cleared the air and also dismissed allegations that he brought Muslim religious scholars to the team’s training.
“First of all, they said the maulvis came there in a bio-bubble and we offered Namaz. Let me tell you one thing, the maulvi Maulana who came on two or three Fridays during the camp in Dehradun, I had not called him.
“It was Iqbal Abdulla (Uttarakhand player) who sought mine and the manager’s permission only for the Friday prayer,” he said referring to the 31-year-old all-rounder.
According to a report on Cricbuzz, Jaffer added that “Had I been communal, both Samad Fallah and Mohammad Nazim would have played all the games. It’s a very petty thing to say or even think. I wanted to give opportunities to newer players.” The report also added that Jaffer told his team to make sure the chants in team huddle should be for Uttarakhand and not for any community.
The 42-year-old had played 31 Tests for India and is a reputed name in domestic cricket.