Wasim Jaffer: Former Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer, who recently quit his post as the head coach of Uttarakhand citing interference and bias of selectors and secretary as the reasons. The former batsman has denied allegations of communal bias during his coaching period with the team and rejected the allegations against him, placed by the secretary of Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU), Mahim Verma, and team manager Navneet Mishra, during his time as coach of Uttarakhand cricket.
Meanwhile, the former India cricketer Dodda Ganesh has backed Jaffer and vouched for his integrity after communal bias allegations were directed at the latter. Notably, Ganesh is the first former India cricketer to have come up and spoken for the Ranji's all-time highest Run scorer. Earlier this week, Jaffer has stepped down as the coach of the U.K.
Jaffer has also stated that he was fully dedicated to coaching Uttarakhand once again, and in his resignation email, he shared that he turned down a few coaching roles, including an offer of Bangladesh's batting coach.
Although, Uttarakhand has failed to impress in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, winning just one match out of the five they have played this season. Since taking over as coach, Jaffer also picked his own support staff that an area of concern for CAU.
Jaffer was appointed as the coach of Uttarakhand last year. As per the media reports, some CAU officials have also leveled communal allegations against him, saying that domestic cricket devoted after being creating a religious divide within the team. However, he termed it as completely "baseless" and said if this was the case, then he would have not resigned, rather he would have been fired.
"It is very disheartening and it is very sad, to be honest. I have worked with so much intensity and I was fully committed to being the coach of Uttarakhand. I always wanted to push the deserving candidates. It seemed like that I was fighting for every little thing. There was so much interference of the selectors, sometimes non-deserving players are being pushed," Jaffer told ANI on Thursday.
"I told them if you have me here just give me some freedom. I have played my cricket very fairly so I will never let any unexpected thing happen and I will not let any deserving cricketer miss the chance. I had conveyed everything to them but unfortunately, things did not happen like that. It is very very sad if I need to sit there and talk about the communal angle, '' said Jaffer.
Somebody who has played for 15-20 years and then to hear this, these are baseless allegations, they are doing this to cover up all other issues. I have played cricket with a lot of dignity. I have resigned because I was not happy, there is nothing more that I want to do. If I was communal, I would have been sacked. Now that I have resigned, they are bringing these things up," he added.