A full blown revolt has erupted in the Jammu and Kashmir cricket team with senior players calling captain Parvez Rasool a ‘dictator’ in a memorandum to the cricket management body.
News agency Kashmir News Trust quoted some of the paragraphs from the memorandum that the members of the incumbent Jammu and Kashmir team, including Manzoor Pandav, have sent to the management.
Stating that they have grievances about the ‘toxic’ atmosphere in the cricket team, the cricketers have sent the memorandum to the Chief Executive Officer of the J&K Cricket Association.
“He has turned into a dictator who does everything and fears none. This individual, to whom you have given all the power has turned J&K cricket into urban vs rural divide. JKCA is now known as Parvez Rasool Cricket Association,” the memorandum reads.
They said Parvez didn’t have any power when Irfan Pathan was the coach of J&K team. “He has become all powerful, even coaches are being selected by him.”
The memorandum notes that without the consent of Rasool, who has played ODIs and T20s for India, not a leaf can move. “When he is with team, players are so stressed that sometimes they are unable to perform. It is all because there is no one to question him and he is taking all decisions.”
In the memorandum, the players have alleged that Rasool acts “as captain, coach and manager”. “All the players are subservient to him. There is no selection procedure, no clear shortlist, no announcement in advance. This is how selection has been done in JKCA with Rasool calling all the shots.”
According to the KNT report, Rasool, who is a batting all-rounder, has also tried to ruin the career of Abdul Samad and pacer Umran Malik. “Parvez was aware about Rasik Salam’s fake date of birth certificate and still did nothing and instead encouraged him to go ahead. Another example is that when Qamran Iqbal was going well and being part of under-19 India team, Rasool halted his career by making sure he doesn’t get selected for J&K Team.”
“In the end we request you to act now or it will be too late,” the memorandum reads.