Former Indian opener and a legend of Ranji Trophy Wasim Jaffer has resigned as Uttarakhand’s Head Coach, ahead of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021. Jaffer was appointed to the position last March after he had announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
Wasim Jaffer resigned because he felt there is too much interference in the cricketing matters, especially in the selection matters.
Jaffer, who could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, had earlier said he was looking forward to his coaching career. “After I retired I wanted to take up a coaching role. A few teams contacted me but I liked the way Uttarakhand expressed their vision. When I was playing for Vidarbha, I was also in a mentoring role. But to become a head coach will be a challenge as I have to look after all areas,” Jaffer had said after taking charge as Uttarakhand coach.
But, now, between the growing differences between him and the board, Wasim Jaffer offered his resignation and the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) has accepted his resignation.
“I feel really sad for the players as I genuinely think that they have lots of potentials and can learn so much from me but are denied this opportunity because of so much interference and bias of selectors and secretary in the selection matters for non-deserving players,” Jaffer wrote in an e-mail to the association.
Cricket Association of Uttarakhand’s secretary Mahim Verma rejected Jaffer’s claims and said he was given everything he had asked for since being appointed as the state team’s coach.
“We gave him whatever he asked for, had a pre-season camp for a month, let him choose his outstation players, trainer, and bowling coach but his interference in selection matters was getting too much,” Verma told PTI.
“After the result in Mushtaq Ali did not meet our expectations, the selectors wanted to try out a few other players but he kept insisting on picking his own team which is not right as selectors are there, too, to do their job,” Verma added.