Former Indian Test team opener Wasim Jaffer on Wednesday resigned as the coach of the Uttarakhand team due to differences with the Uttarakhand Cricket Association. According to media reports, Jafar tried to make a selection on the basis of religion, although this former team India batsman has rejected it.
The players of the Vidarbha team have come out in support of 42-year-old Jaffer, who played 31 Tests for India. Faiz Fazal, who made Vidarbha twice Ranji and Iranian Trophy champions under his captaincy, is surprised to hear this news.
Speaking to ‘Lokmat Times’, Fazal said,’ Such allegations are shocking. I played four seasons with him. He was like an elder brother to all Vidarbha players. He is a true gentleman. I have not heard any wrong thing about them from the mouth of any player.
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Jaffer said that Uttarakhand Cricket Association Secretary Mahim Verma’s allegations of giving preference to Muslim players in the team have hurt him a lot. Jaffer said, ‘The communal angle that is put is very sad. He alleged that I support Iqbal Abdullah and want to make him captain which is totally wrong. ‘
Jaffer has also been supported by Akshay Wadkar, the wicketkeeper who plays for Vidarbha. Wadkar said, ‘Jafar has always given preference to the players who performed and who were eligible for selection in the team. I do not think he will choose on the basis of religion. When he played with us, he saw all the players equally.
Jaffer, who scored the most runs in Ranji Trophy, also dismissed allegations that he had brought maulvis in the team’s practice session. He said, ‘He said that Maulvi came in the bio bubble and we read Namaz. I want to tell you that Maulvi, Maulana, who came to Dehradun during the camp, I did not call two or three james.