Mucked-up in JKCA scam, Goni appointed Team India manager

BCCI Deputes Him To South Africa

UMER MAQBOOL/ABID KHAN

Srinagar, Mar 29: While fingers are being pointed on Muhammad Aslam Goni, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), in the multi-crore rupees cricket scam by his colleagues, his appointment as manager of Team India for South Africa tour has drawn sharp criticism from within and outside the state.
Notwithstanding the demand to oust Goni from the post of chairman and institute an impartial inquiry into the embezzlement of funds in JKCA, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has deputed him with Team India as manager for one match against South Africa.
Talking to Greater Kashmir over phone, BCCI Manager Media Relations and Corporate Affairs, Devendra Prabhudesai confirmed that Goni has been sent as manager with the team.
“Yes, he is manager for one T20 match being played against South Africa,” Prabhudesai said.
Goni left for South Africa on Wednesday along with Team India which will play against South Africa on March 30.
The one-off match, to be played at the Wanderers Stadium Johannesburg, is to commemorate 150 years of Indian settlement in South Africa and is to be an annual fixture.
The decision of BCCI comes close on the heels of JKCA members demanding resignation of Goni to pave way for holding an impartial inquiry in the scam which surfaced earlier this month. In an open rebellion, 40 JKCA members raised banner of revolt against the leadership of Goni and demanded that he should step down immediately and if he fails to do so president of JKCA and Union Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah should sack him.
The BCCI move has triggered widespread resentment in Jammu and Kashmir with members of JKCA flaying the decision. JKCA member Arvinder Singh Micky termed the BCCI move unfortunate and said that this decision is against the sentiments of the youth.
“ While real cricketers and JKCA members are suffering and are being harassed by police by summoning them to police stations, it is unfortunate that BCCI has taken this decision. We are not against Goni but we want that he should step down so that the guilty involved in minting money of the Association are taken to task,” Micky said.
“While International Cricket Council has formed special wing to tackle corruption, the BCCI has turned deaf ears to the corruption prevailing in JKCA. And the decision to depute Goni as team manager is most unfortunate,” said JKCA member and former Commissioner Secretary Public Health Engineering, Mehboob Iqbal.
“We have learnt that he (Goni) has left for Johannesburg and was also present during farewell ceremony of Rahul Dravid who recently retired from the game. We have not deputed him and he may have got direct invitation from the BCCI in his capacity as JKCA chairman,” said JKCA treasurer Manzoor Wazir.
When asked is it right for the chairman to go on a foreign trip when JKCA is battling the multi-score rupees scam, he said, “I can’t comment on it and only JKCA president Dr Farooq Abdullah has the authority to talk on these matters. However I can say that JKCA officials and members were not aware of it and also haven’t any communication from BCCI in this regard.”
Muhammad Aslam Goni could not be contacted as his cell phone was switched off.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 29 Mar 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 IST




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