The former Indian batsman of the Indian team has been accused by the association of creating a communal atmosphere in the team after Wasim Jaffer, who had scored tons of runs in domestic cricket, resigned as the chief coach of Uttarakhand cricket.
Wasim Jaffer, while giving his resignation, had alleged that Uttarakhand Cricket Association officials were pressurizing him to include cricketers in the team who are not fit to play in the state team.
A day after Wasim Jaffer’s resignation, the association’s secretary Mahim Verma said in an interaction with the Indian Express newspaper that he received feedback from the team’s cricketers that Jaffer was trying to communalize the team’s atmosphere and supports Muslim cricketers.
Wasim Jaffer breaks silence on allegations of being communal
It was alleged that Wasim Jaffer called a maulvi on the field and also prevented fellow cricketers from taking the name of Hanuman ji. Responding to these allegations, Wasim Jaffer said, “First of all let me make it clear that I did not call any maulvi. He was called by the team’s cricketer Iqbal Abdullah. Iqbal asked me that he needed Malvi to read Namaz. After which I agreed. After the practice was over, we prayed in the dressing room. This happened two or three times before that too became bio-bubble. “
Earlier, in the allegations made by the secretary of the association, it was said that how can Jaffer allow the cleric to come to the team during the Corona period. He says that if teammates had informed him first, he would have definitely take action on it.
It has been alleged that some cricketers were prevented from speaking Jai Hanuman. Jaffer said, “First of all let me tell that no player has spoken any slogan. There are some Sikh players in the team who speak ‘Rani Mata, Sache Durbar ki Jai’. In such a situation, I once suggested that the word ‘Come On Uttarakhand’ or ‘Go Uttarakhand’ can be used instead. If I were communal, I would have asked them to say “Allah Hu Akbar”.
Jaffer in a press conference on Wednesday said. “I never took any of the suggestions that were thrown at me (with regards to the batting order). All the players who played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, I played them on my belief. I even dropped Samad Fallah for the last game. 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,” he said pointing out that only three out of the 22 players selected in the squad were Muslim. “Had I been communal, why would have I brought Jay Bista as a professional? I even wanted to make him the captain. It was the selectors who felt that Iqbal Abdullah was a better candidate for captaincy since he was senior and had played IPL. I agreed with their suggestion.”