Former India Opener Batsman Wasim Jaffer has resigned as Uttarakhand’s Head Coach due to much “interference in team selection”, just days before the team was going to compete in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, beginning on February 20.
Cricket Association of Uttarakhand has accepted his resignation. “I feel really sad for the players as I genuinely think that they have lots of potential and can learn so much from me but are denied this opportunity because of so much interference and bias of selectors and secretary in the selection matters for non-deserving players,” Jaffer wrote in an e-mail to the association.
Cricket Association of Uttarakhand’s Secretary Mahim Verma rejected Jaffer’s claims & said that he was given everything he had asked for since his appointment as State Team’s Coach.
“We gave him whatever he asked for, had a pre-season camp for a month, let him choose his outstation players, trainer and bowling coach but his interference in selection matters was getting too much,” Verma told PTI.
Wasim Jaffer’s employers were also not happy with the team’s performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 Competition. “After the result in Mushtaq Ali did not meet our expectations, the selectors wanted to try out a few other players but he kept insisting on picking his own team which is not right as selectors are there, too, to do their job,” Mahim Verma added.
Wasim Jaffer a domestic cricketer from Mumbai who has represented India in Test matches was appointed as Uttarakhand team’s Coach in last March after he had announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
In his resignation letter, Wasim Jaffer wrote, “It’s with great sadness that I’m writing this email to inform you all that I would be resigning from the post of head coach of senior CAU team with immediate effect”, said Jaffer.
“If the honorary secretary of CAU would want to inculcate such kind of work environment while not letting me take certain decisions pertaining to the team’s welfare and performance… then I don’t think there’s any valid reason for me to continue as head coach of men’s senior team of CAU,” added Jaffer.
After taking the position of Uttarakhand’s team Jaffer has also selected his own support staff. Uttarakhand team however failed to deliver their best performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, winning just one game out of the five they have played.