Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif also said that it must have been very difficult for Wasim Jaffer to come out and explain his intentions.

Wasim Jaffer resigned as Uttarakhand coach on Tuesday (PTI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • When did religion come in the way of sport, asks Mohammad Kaif
  • Wasim Jaffer has been accused of communal bias by Uttarakhand cricket officials
  • Jaffer quit as Uttarakhand coach citing interference and bias of selectors and secretary

Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif has spoken out on the unfortunate controversy that has taken place with the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) secretary Mahim Verma and team manager Navneet Mishra alleging Wasim Jaffer of creating a religious and communal divide in the dressing room.

Jaffer has denied the allegations and quit as the head coach of Uttarakhand cricket and several former players have since then come out in his support.

Kaif said that he has never been made conscious of his faith while playing cricket for India and said that this instance was very unfortunate.

“When did religion come in the way of sport? I have played for teams in UP, different zones across the country, India, clubs and counties in England, and never have I been made conscious of my faith.

“I have worried about lack of runs, motivated my team-mates in bad form, wondered about how to win games. Never have I gone to sleep wondering what a team-mate might think of my religion,” Kaif wrote for Indian Express.

These are the times that we live in, says Kaif

He defended Wasim Jaffer and said that it must have been very difficult for him to come out and explain his intentions. He also added that the incident highlights the times in which we live.

“It must have been very difficult for Jaffer to have to come out and explain his intentions. It tells a lot about the times we live in — where social media trolls do their worst to divide our country,” Kaif added.



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