‘Misleading information’ caused midway halt of cricket match

Says HC while vacating stay on J&K U-23 cricket squad

Srinagar: The High Court on Tuesday modified its earlier orders of status quo on the under-23 selection list of cricketers from J&K and it a go ahead for the ongoing CK Naidu tournament.
A single bench of high court had on October 8 stayed the selected squad after a petitioner, Hashim Saleem, alleged that chief selector JKCA had selected his own son and few other players based on recommendations.
A match going on between J&K and Goa on Sunday was stopped midway by BCCI after the J&K High Court orders reached them.
Hearing the petition, the division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Alok Aradhe Tuesday asked BCCI to go ahead with the CK Naidu cricket tournament and permitted the selected squad for J&K U-23 to play in the tournament.
The court observed that the earlier order was passed as the petitioner has misled court by entertaining wrong information.
“And we came to know the fact that chief selector for the under 23 has not selected his son in the list and by no means it has been proved in court that the selection list was based on recommendations,” the court said.
Representing the BCCI Advocate Sethi earlier termed the allegations false.
“It is absolutely false that the chief selector had any relationship with any person, the selection was purely based on merit. And the information submitted by
petitioner is based on personal merits and this has amounted cancellation of match which was going between J&K state and Goa as we received orders from court to stop the match.”
The team was on Sunday in the middle of the match with Goa batting on 43 for the loss of one wicket when BCCI officials stopped the play.
Only 13 overs were bowled when the match was stopped.
“Umpires stopped the play on the intervention of the match referee and we were told nothing about the reasons. Players stayed in the middle for almost one hour and after that they were called up in dressing room and then to hotel rooms,” an official of the team said.
The court directed that the stopped match be rescheduled between 15 and 25 October and the tournament be held accordingly.
The bench remarked that it was unfortunate that a match was stopped midway due to wrong information submitted to court.
The Petitioner’s counsel Peerzada Soliha was told by court to verify the facts and submit it before court when you have concrete evidence to support your arguments.
“In this case, we see nothing but false information given which is totally unacceptable and can lead to petitioner to jail,” the court said.
The petitioner Hashim Saleem had submitted before court that Secretary to Government, Youth Service Sports Department and Secretary J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) Iqbal Shah have violated the court orders
of October 4, 2017 and also had levelled allegations that Chief Selector had selected his own son in the list besides players from Kashmir Gymkhana and other cricket associations.