Former India Cricketer Wasim Jaffer who recently had resigned from his position as Uttarakhand’s Coach due to disputes with the State Association on Wednesday rejected all the allegations by the State body Officials that he tried to force religion based selections in the team.
Wasim Jaffer who had played 31 tests for India & is a renowned player in domestic cricket said that the charge that he favored Muslim Players which was levelled by Cricket Association of Uttarakhand secretary Mahim Verma in a media report, had caused his immense pain & disappointment.
Jaffer resigned on Tuesday due to “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 said in a virtual press conference.
“They imposed an allegation that I am in favor of Iqbal Abdulla, I wanted to make Iqbal Abdulla as the captain, which is absolutely wrong,” he asserted.
Wasim Jaffer also dismissed allegations that he brought Maulvis to the team’s training. “First of all they said the Maulavis came there in a bio-bubble and we offered Namaz. Let me tell you one thing, the Maulavi, 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,” Wasim Jaffer said referring to the all-rounder who has competed in the IPL but hasn’t played for India yet.
Wasim Jaffer said that prayers took place after the team completed its training & he cannot understand why this has become an issue. “While we do our daily prayers in the room, the Friday prayers have to be done in a gathering so he thought it would be better if someone comes over to facilitate…And we did the namaz in the dressing room for five minutes after the nets“.
“If I was communal, I could have adjusted the practice timings according to our prayer timings but that’s not the way I am,” he added.
“…what is a big thing in it, I don’t understand.” Jaffer concluded. Wasim Jaffer was appointed as the head coach of Uttarakhand State team in June 2020. He had signed a one year contract with CAU. Uttarakhand won only match out of five matches they played in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.