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Former cricketer Wasim Jaffer is the first player to score 12 thousand runs in the domestic tournament Ranji Trophy. He used to play for Mumbai and Vidarbha in Ranji. -File photo
Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer was accused of religious discrimination by officials of the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU). At the same time, he alleged that during training in bio-bubble, the clerics were also invited to offer prayers in the camp. Jaffer has denied these allegations.
Jaffer resigned as the coach of the Uttarakhand team on Tuesday. He was made coach for one year by paying a fee of Rs 55 lakh. Last month, the Uttarakhand team lost 4 out of 5 matches in the domestic tournament Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.
Jafar also replaced the slogan ‘Ram bhakt Hanuman ki Jai’
CAU Secretary Mahim Verma and Selection Committee Chairman Rizwan Shamshad had alleged that Jaffer replaced Iqbal Abdullah as captain instead of Kunal Chandila. Iqbal got batting up to take the lead, while opener Chandila was sent to middle order.
He said that after the maulvis came to the training camp, Jafar also changed the slogan of the team ‘Ram Bhakta Hanuman Ki Jai’. The Uttarakhand team had been playing with ‘Ram Bhakta Hanuman Ki Jai’ slogan since last year. Jafar reportedly made it ‘Go Uttarakhand’.
Selector and secretary make Iqbal captain: Jaffer
On these allegations, Jaffer told the news agency, ‘I told him (Mahim and Shamshad) that the captain of the team should be made Jai Bisht. He was a young player. He was ready, but after reaching for the tournament he (Mahim and Shamshad) said that Iqbal should be made the captain. Even then I said yes and made Iqbal the captain.
He said, ‘These (allegations) are very sad. I gave everything in my email. He apparently did not respond. They are making false allegations against me while giving religious color to this matter.
‘No one told me about changing the team and the captain’
Jaffer said, ‘When we came to play the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, then the secretary and the selector did not talk to me about changing the captain and the team. They did not even talk to me about team selection, then why are they doing such a thing behind their back. They should have told me everything. That is why I resigned from the post of coach. They did not want to know why I did what I did. ‘
‘Allah-hu-akbar slogan if religious discrimination was to be done’
Regarding the slogan ‘Ram bhakta Hanuman ki Jai’, Jafar said, ‘The first thing is that I did not hear this slogan (Jai Shri Ram or Jai Hanuman) here. During the practice match, some players used to chant the slogan ‘Rani Mata Sach Durbar Ki Jai’. This is the slogan of the Sikh community and there were only two players in the team of this community who used this slogan. I never heard Jai Hanuman, Jai Shree Ram. ‘
He said that after Syed Mushtaq Ali reached Baroda for the tournament, at the behest of Chandrakant Pandit and some players, I had spoken about shouting ‘Go Uttarakhand’ or ‘Let’s do it Uttarakhand’ or ‘Come on Uttarakhand’. Jaffer said, ‘The allegations of changing the slogan are false. If I had to discriminate it religiously, I would have asked for the slogan ‘Allah-hu-Akbar’.
Jaffer scored the most centuries in Ranji Trophy
Former cricketer Wasim Jaffer is the first player to score 12 thousand runs in the domestic tournament Ranji Trophy. He used to play for Mumbai and Vidarbha in Ranji. Jaffer is also the first player to play more than 150 matches in Ranji. Jaffer’s name is also the record for the most 40 centuries.