Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer, who resigned as coach due to differences with the Uttarakhand Cricket Association, on Wednesday dismissed allegations made by the state association that he tried to be selected on the basis of religion in the team. Jaffer, who has played 31 Tests for India, 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 resigned on Tuesday for interfering in the selection and the partisan attitude of the selectors and the union secretary. 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, 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.
Jaffer said, “Iqbal Abdullah had asked my and the manager’s permission to offer prayers.” He said, ‘We used to offer Namaz in the room every day, but when we used to pray together with prayers, we thought it would be good if someone comes for it. We recited namaz in the dressing room five minutes after net practice. If it is communal, then I could change the practice time according to the time of Namaz, but I am not like that. He said, ‘What’s the big deal? palms up.’