Because of one influential boy, career of 16 cricketers can’t be put at stake: JKCA
Srinagar, Oct 08: A cricket match between J&K and Goa at Hyderabad was stopped in the middle of the game after match referee handed over J&K High Court’s “stay order copy” to the manager of J&K team.
The reason is bizarre! According to sources in J&K Cricket Association (JKCA), the final team selection was done after conducting trails. On October 3, the J&K under-23 cricket team was sent to Hyderabad to play in the ongoing C K Nayudu Trophy.
However, one player, Hisham Saleem was dropped from the final squad, because of his weak performance during the trails, said JKCA Vice Chairman JKCA Javid Kitab.
Hisham, the son of top official Dr Saleem-u-Rehman, who is presently Director Health Services Kashmir, approached the High Court.
“On October 4, the HC after hearing Hisham’s petition put a stay order on the selection process and the final team selected for the tournament.”
The HC also issued ‘contempt of the court’ order against General Secretary JKCA Iqbal Shah.
Narrating his version, Shah told KNS, that the team was sent on October 3 and they received the Court order copy on October 7 that too through State Sports Council.
Shah further said that the selection was done on the basis of merit.
“He is son of an influential person that is why there is such a hue and cry. If it would have been any poor boy, then it was not any issue for anyone. The selection process was fair and deserving players were given the chance,” he said.
He said because of one boy, who happens to be a son of an influential person, the career of 16 other young cricketers has been left at stake.
He said they have also written to the BCCI that they (BCCI) is not a party to it and the JKCA would settle the issue in State High Court. “We will clear our stand in the High court on October 9.” (KNS)