Revolt in JK team,Kmr players boycott practice
Accuse Mehboob Iqbal,Bedi Of Creating Regional Rift
Srinagar, Nov 22: A day after J&K Cricket team for the third Ranji Trophy tie against Andra Pradesh was announced, players from Kashmir province on Thursday boycotted the practice session in protest against “biased selection.”
“We decided to boycott the practice session against the biased selection,” said one of the players.
“We have written letter to J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) President Dr Farooq Abdullah regarding the whole matter,” he added.
The team’s crucial match against Andra Pradesh is scheduled to be held on Saturday at Jammu and the latest development is not going to do any good to already ailing JK Cricket team.
Confirming the development JK Chief Coach and former International cricketer, Bishen Singh Bedi said: “I am on the ground waiting for the players but only half of the players have reported. It is really bad and I don’t know what is going inside JK cricket circles”.
The letter to J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) President signed by 18 Kashmir based players accuse former Association Chairman Mehboob Iqbal and chief coach Bedi of creating regional rift between Kashmir province and Jammu in the team.
The letter signed by all 18 Kashmir based players read, “We the players of JK Ranji trophy both selected and non selected want to make you aware about the high handedness of Mehboob Iqbal in the selection process despite him not being a selector. Our top players like Samiullah Beigh and Abid Nabi are being targeted despite their contribution during all these years for the JK Cricket. We strongly fee disheartened by the fact there is gross injustice going on in the select ion process”.
“This is matter of shame and disgrace to JKCA that when we asked selectors about the injustice against Kashmir based players, one of the selectors, Ashraf Bhat replied that Mehboob Iqbal did not listen to me and selected every one himself,” letter reads.
The JKCA selection panel comprises of four members out of which two hail from Jammu and two from Kashmir. On Wednesday selection was made by only three as fourth member who hail from Kashmir opted to stay out of procedure owing to his differences with other members of selection panel.
In the letter players have accused Bedi and Iqbal of creating regional rift, “This is conspiracy against all Kashmiri boys, especially our top performers, mainly scripted by Mehboob Iqbal along with Bishen Singh Bedi. We all feel that Bedi is the man that has created this Jammu v/s Kashmir rift and planner behind destroying carriers of Kashmiri players,” letter further reads.
The players have requested Dr Farooq to intervene in the matter and save careers of the players.
When contacted JKCA Treasurer and in charge activities, Manzoor said, “Team was announced on Wednesday and later in the day players from Kashmir province came to us expressing their resentment. But we told that it is decision of selectors and we as officials can’t do anything except putting their point in from of them (selectors)”.
When asked about the player’s main demand he said, “They are saying why skipper Samiullah Beigh has been appointed skipper only for one match and not whole series. They should understand that selectors have been opting for match by match policy and they did this with junior level as well”.
“It is not the way and procedure to put forward your reservations. Boycott can’t solve anything,” he added.
Letter is signed by Abid nabi, Samiullah, Majid Dar, Parvez Rasool, Adil Reshi, Sameer Ali, Huwaid Hamid, Fayaz Hazari, Imraj Thakur, Asif Rasool, Zahoor Sofi, Owais Shah, Obaid Haroon, Asif Jeelani, Javed Ahmad, Amir Aziz, Waseem Raza and Muhammad Mudassir.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 22 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 22 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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