Former Indian skipper, Anil Kumble was seen coming in support of Wasim Jaffer, after he spoke out against allegations of being communal during his stint as the coach of Uttarakhand. After Jaffer stepped down as Uttarakhand coach earlier in the week citing interference from the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) officials made accusations of Jaffer for his communal behavior, which the former India opener has repeatedly denied.
Responding to a tweet by Jaffer defending himself, Anil Kumble wrote “With you Wasim. Did the right thing. Unfortunately it’s the players who’ll miss your mentor ship.”
With you Wasim. Did the right thing. Unfortunately it’s the players who’ll miss your mentor ship.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) February 11, 2021
Former India cricketers Manoj Tiwary and Irfan Pathan also came in support of Jaffer. Manoj Tiwary took to social media on Thursday and urged Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to intervene and take necessary action.
Tiwary tweeted, “I would request the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand (BJP) Mr.Trivendra Singh Rawat 2 intervene immediately nd take note of the issue in which our National hero Wasim bhai was branded as communal in the Cricket Association nd take necessary action.Time 2 Set an example #WasimJaffer (sic).”
I would request the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand (BJP) Mr.Trivendra Singh Rawat 2 intervene immediately nd take note of the issue in which our National hero Wasim bhai was branded as communal in the Cricket Association nd take necessary action.Time 2 Set an example #WasimJaffer pic.twitter.com/ZPcusxuo7v
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) February 11, 2021
Wasim Jaffer took to social media on Thursday and turned down alls the allegations of communal conduct duringas he had tweeted,
“1. I recommended Jay Bista for captaincy not Iqbal but CAU officials favoured Iqbal.
2. I did not invite Maulavis
3. I resigned cos bias of selectors-secretary for non-deserving players
4. Team used to say a chant of Sikh community, I suggested we can say “Go Uttarakhand,” Jaffer said while adding it was “very,very sad” to see a communal angle given to his resignation.”
Taking to social media, Irfan Pathan said it’s unfortunate to see Jaffer explaining all this while refuting allegations.
Unfortunate that you have to explain this.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 11, 2021
Wasim Jaffer, who represented India in 31 Tests and a couple of ODIs achieved unprecedented success at the first-class level. Jaffer amassed 19,410 runs in 260 first-class matches, hitting 57 centuries and 91 fifties.
Jaffer was appointed as the head coach of the state team in June 2020. He had signed a contract for a year with CAU. Uttarakhand won only one out of their 5 matches in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.