Fearing “humiliation”, few cricketers boycotted trial matches
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Srinagar, Jan 31: Fearing humiliation in T-20 trial matches, many cricketers who were called up for trial matches by Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), however, refused to participate as the players’ alleged “ill treatment” by the hands of management.
The trial matches were conducted few moons before at Jammu to select probables for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 tournament.
The aggrieved cricketers, who faced rejection at first, however, were placed in the revised probable list for trial matches, said that these trial matches are mere show-off and if they were not selected at first instance, how come the selection penal will consider them later.
Pertinently, few players who were neglected in the first list of 53 probables for T-20 trial matches were then shortlisted in the revised list of 56 probables as released by JKCA, after JKSportstime highlighted the issue. However, on Wednesday, JKCA released the list of 25 probables for the camp of which the list of 20 players will be finalized for the upcoming T-20 tournament.
One of the aggrieved cricketers, Asif Khan, who faced axe, said that these trial matches are mere hoax and is left with no courage to face repeated humiliation by the hands of JKCA.
He alleges that JKCA kept him dark about trial matches and was informed at short notice while rest of the players were informed well before time.
“JKCA had conveyed its favourite players to reach to the venue on 22nd of January and I was informed quite late on 26th January intentionally so that I couldn’t reach venue on time and thus can’t attend trials,”
Adding that due to inclement weather Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was blocked besides that air tickets were unavailable till 28th January.
“The last trial match was to be played on 29th January and how come I could have participated in trial matches when I was informed by JKCA at the very last moment. It was all orchestrated to hinder my participation while paving way for blue-eyed,”
He claims that during last years’ trial matches he was the only player who scored more than 200 runs in four matches and has remained unbeaten in three matches.
According to Asif Khan, he had scored more than 400 runs in seven matches during trial matches for Vijay Hazare and Ranji Trophy season, which cemented his berth in the Vijay Hazare Trophy season 2018-19.
However, during Vijay Hazare campaign, out of nine matches, Asif showed up in a single game which was played against Services and was rested for eight games without any reason.
“I was forcefully rested for eight games by management and I was asked to stay at hotel. Neither I was included in the 15 member nor 16 member of the team in eight matches. Staying at hotel was very humiliating for me and my situation was like I wanted to commit suicide,” he says and adds, “Despite being a very good player for the state in junior tournaments they treated me as rookie.”
Another aggrieved cricketer, Mehjoor Ali Sofi told JKSportstime that he was shell shocked when he didn’t found his name in the first list of 53 probables that was released by JKCA earlier and took up the issue with Parvez Rasool.
Questioning about his rejection from the first list, he claims, “I asked Parvez Rasool about not being named in the probables list and he asked me to call selectors. However, I called one of selectors but his number was switched off. Then I called Parveez again and asked him Parvez they are are not receiving my phone. I simply asked him if management doesn’t want me in the team then I will not participate in trials for which Parvez replied on what basis we should keep you in probables as you (Mehjoor) have never picked up any wicket.”
As claimed by Mehjoor, Parvez told him that he doesn’t deserve any place in the list as he is not a bowler and have never taken wickets.
“It was very humiliating for me as I have played all over India representing CAG during which I have taken wickets on regular basis and if I am not being considered a good bowler then I wonder who is a good bowler then,” he claims.
He alleged that many players, who are in the probables list have not even played club cricket and despite that “they were selected for trial matches.”
“I’m not against anybody but depriving the genuine players and shrinking their opportunities which is sheer injustice despite of the fact that I have represented JKCA at National level,” he says.
Meanwhile, Mehjoor Ali Sofi, the lanky speedster, debuted in First Class Cricket in 2015 and has played a single Ranji Trophy game so far which raises fingers on the conduct of JKCA over not being availed ample opportunity to him.
Moreover, Mehjoor has played five List-A and T-20 matches from 2014 to 2017 in which he has scalped six and two wickets respectively.
However, Mehjoor has stroked the attention of various cricket associations and cricket clubs of India and has participated in International tourneys. Ironically, back home, JKCA is hell bent to deprive him of any opportunity despite his consistent performance in various tourneys.
When contacted skipper of the team Parvez Rasool repeatedly, he didn’t answer the calls from JKSportstime, even we also sent him message on watts app but he didn’t replied that message too.