Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association continues to be in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and there seems no end to it. Day after the incumbent chairman of the association accused former bearer of swindling money, there was more action Saturday at the SK Stadium Srinagar, not on the field though.
The action packed day saw scores of young cricketers protest against the JKCA administration alleging it of barring them from entering the stadium premises for trials and practice.
The protests could seemingly are an extension of a feud between the two rival factions with cricket taking a back seat.
Dr Farooq Abdullah led faction continues to claim the legal authority to be at the helm of affairs despite sports minister Imran Raza’s group taking over the reigns in the dramatic manner couple of months ago. Abdullah’s close confidante Idress Gundroo had issued a notification asking players to appear for selection trials for Ranji trophy and other categories, and the incumbent faction had issued theirs.
Those turning up on Gundroo’s notification were ‘denied the entry’, leading to the protests.
Sameer Ahmad Bhat, a club level player said Police did not allow him and his scores of colleagues to enter the premise of JKCA after the ‘current administration had asked them to do so.’
He said that the Imran Reza Ansari led group had issued a list of 46 players and only those were allowed to enter the stadium whose name figured in the list.
Another cricketer Sayim Mustufa said that JKCA have made it a political issue and it is the cricketers who were suffering.
“Only 46 players supporting Imran led group were allowed to enter the stadium. Few days ago Sports Minister Imran Ansari announced that he is supporting the game. Is this the support Imran is doing for the game of cricket? Only blue eyed players were allowed to enter the stadium.”
Protesting players also shouted slogans against PDP and Imran Ansari.
When contacted Joint Secretary of Farooq Abdullah led faction, Idrees Gundro said “It is most unfortunate that players are barred from entering the premise of stadium. It is sheer hooliganism.”
He alleged that the other group is trying to hijack the cricketing activities and they were playing dirty politics.
“It is the cricketers who suffer at the end of the day,” he said.
General secretary of Imran led group Iqbal Shah said, “The trials for various groups are already going on and the other group had also asked players to appear in parallel trials so we apprehended law and order problem may take place,” He said.
Shah alleged that the other group has deliberately bared players not to appear in the trials in order to create law and order problem.