Dr Farooq bars 2 players from joining Ranji trophy team

JKCA-PLAYERS ROW

ABID KHAN

Srinagar, Dec 6: Taking action against the players who boycotted the J&K Ranji trophy match against Andra Pradesh, J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) President Dr Farooq Abdullah has barred the two players from joining JK team for the upcoming Ranji trophy tie against Kerala.
 The two players, ex skipper Samiullah Beigh and Majid Dar were supposed to join JK team for the Kerala match after striking the peace deal with JKCA officials here. JK is scheduled to play its fifth Ranji trophy group-c match against Kerala at Malappuram(Kerala) on December 8. The two senior players were given go ahead by JKCA officials to join team for the tie.
 As the players were about to join the team, JKCA Treasurer and current incharge activity , Manzoor Wazir got call from Dr Farooq Abdullah giving him orders to stop the players from joining rest of the squad.
  Majid Dar had to return back home from New Delhi while Samiullah was still in Srinagar when the order was forwarded to the duo.
 Confirming the development, Manzoor Wazir told Greater Kashmir that the two players were stopped from joining rest of the squad.
 “Dr Farooq told me to stop the two players from the joining the rest of the squad and asked not to disturb the balance of winning team by tinkering with selection for a time being,” Wazir said.
 Wazir said that as the team was selected for two matches, it is not that big development that players were stopped from joining team.
 “As the current squad was selected for two matches only, it is not a big deal that these two senior players were stopped by President from joining the team. We have to select team again for the next two matches and they are likely to get a chance of entry to play in them” Wazir added.
 Meanwhile sources in JKCA said that the officials were taken by surprise by the order of Dr Farooq as it was JKCA officials who had asked the two players to join the team.
 They said that Dr Farooq did not know about the identity of players and it was some one from JKCA circles who suggested him not to tinker with the winning combination.
 Pertinently Kashmir province players alleging biased selection had boycotted to play Ranji match against Andra Pradesh. The JKCA were forced to field all Jammu squad in that match. After negotiations junior player joined squad for the fourth match while senior players like Samiullah and Majid continued on strike.
 “It was the same JKCA Kashmir based lobby that encouraged players to go on boycott and now the same lobby is playing politics with them,” sources said.
 Despite repeated attempts players were not able to be contacted.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 6 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 6 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 7 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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