"Would Have Been Sacked If I Was Communal": Wasim Jaffer On Uttarakhand Coaching Row
Wasim Jaffer said that he was very committed to his job as Uttarakhand coach and said it is "very very sad" that he has to defend himself against allegations of being communal.
Wasim Jaffer again denied having a communal approach as Uttarakhand coach
He said he would have been sacked if he was communal
He recently quit the job, citing interference from the state board
After resigning as the coach of Uttarakhand, former India batsman Wasim Jaffer on Thursday asked what is the point of holding such a post when a coach is being mistreated and his recommendations are not being adhered to. Earlier this week, Jaffer had stepped down as the coach of Uttarakhand, saying that there was a lot of interference from the selection committee and Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) secretary Mahim Verma in team selection. He also said that he was fully devoted to coaching Uttarakhand, and in his resignation email, he shared that he turned down various coaching roles, including the offer of Bangladesh's batting coach.
"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.
"The secretary Mahim Verma has a lot of interference, whenever you talk to him, he says to talk to him. There were many roadblocks and he never responded to me. Towards the end, they selected the team for Vijay Hazare Trophy and I was not kept in the loop. They changed the captain, 11 players were changed, if things have to go down like this, then how can one work? I am not saying that I will select the team, but if you do not take my recommendation then what is the point of me being there," he added.
Jaffer was appointed as the coach of Uttarakhand in June last year. As per some media reports, some CAU officials have also levelled communal allegations against Jaffer, saying that the domestic cricket stalwart was 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 sacked.
"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. 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," said Jaffer.
However, when ANI contacted CAU secretary Mahim Verma for his take on the whole Jaffer issue, he said that the former India cricketer misbehaved with him many times and he wanted the selection committee to always back his calls.
"Wasim had so many issues and whatever he is saying it is absolutely false there is no fact in his statement. We started creating activities on his request only. He organised a selection match. Jaffer said that if things will not run in my opinion I will step down. He also said that trainer and bowling coach will be from my side I said okay. The selection committee said whatever team he is asking we can give him and if there will be no performance we will take action against him," said Mahim Verma.
"He also misbehaved with me several times. On February 7, he gave a separate list of players, I am again saying that he has a right to recommend but he cannot send a list of players who will be selected by the selection committee. There were many issues with him. We wanted a good cricketing atmosphere in our association that is why we hired him," he added.