Rafiq A Wani
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association incumbent president and ruling National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah Thursday said that he won’t be contesting the association’s much awaited elections, slated to be held on May 12, to choose the officers bearers. Abdullah’s announcement, who has been association’s president since its inception way back in 1983, has surprised even his JKCA colleagues who say they will do their utmost to urge the flamboyant union minister to reverse his decision.
“I don’t want to be the president again. I have had my time; I have contested many an election, now it is time for someone else to take over. Working committee and general body will nominate the new guy. I won’t be nominating anyone for the post,” senior Abdullah told ETV Urdu in an interview.
Abdullah, who was re-elected president unopposed in June 2011, brings an end to his three decade long chequered stint as a premier man of the association. The stint has been marked with sporadic development in infrastructure with a stadium each developed in Jammu and Kashmir regions, few and far between winning performances on the field, controversies, scams and selection dramas. He has been part of various BCCI working committees and panels over the years, and continues to have good rapport with whosoever is at the helm of affairs of the world’s most powerful cricket board.
The incumbent president sounded a satisfied man with what he has done for J&K cricket.
“We did everything we could. I can’t bring stars from the sky. Unfortunately I can’t bring angels who wouldn’t gulp money. We tried to build stadiums here and Jammu, now what else can we do,” said Abdullah when asked whether multi-crore scam and other controversies that hit JKCA in 2012 blocked the overall development of the game in the region.
He said that embezzled money will be recovered as investigation into the scam was going.
Abdullah said that he had to set election dates following court directions to do so.
“”A new body of JKCA has to be formed. The minutes of the last meeting have to be approved by the working committee and the account of finances has to be approved,” he said.
He said that he didn’t take any of his colleagues on board vis-à-vis election dates, because he only followed court orders.
“If you see, affairs have been solely run by Manzoor Wazir who is tired now. I have taken the decision as president of the association to hold elections as soon as possible,” he said.
Wazir was taken by surprise with Farooq deciding to call it a day as JKCA president after May 12 elections. He claimed that he didn’t have inkling about Abdullah’s decision.
“It is a surprise to know that Doctor Sahab has decided not to contest JKCA elections. We will do our utmost to urge him to reverse the decision,” Wazir told Kashmir Reader.