Involvement of top-level Kashmiri players in cricket betting draws sharp criticism

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Srinagar, June 27: Alleged involvement of some top-level current and former Kashmiri cricketers in cricket betting has drawn sharp criticism from the cricket fraternity across Valley.

There have been reports coming from several areas, including South, North and Central zones, of cricketers been involved in illegal betting, making people question the cricketers’ ethic.

Samiullah Beigh, former veteran pacer, urged young cricketers to apart themselves from playing bet cricket.

“Betting is Betting, be in a cricket ground or in a casino. Be it with bat/ball or with cards. I have never been part of it, and urge all youngsters to hate it.” He wrote on his Facebook handle.

Zubair Ahmed, a memeber of Baramulla Cricket Association, also lashed out at cricketers appearing in these bet matches.

“This is very unfortunate from all those cricketers who r playing bet matches Today I heard about incident regarding bet match recently played at Palhalan in which one of the gambler brought his wife’s jewellery as he ran out of money .I request all cricketers plz don’t play these bet matches and I request all senior cricketers kindly Intervien in this issue this is very serious issue regarding cricket and our cricketers,” He said in a Facebook post.

Fomer cricketer and chairman selection committee, Sayyed Parvez Qaiser, said although he had no idea of cricket betting happening in Kashmir, he disapproves of it.

“I have no idea as such. Got some idea when some former cricketers started talking something like this. Betting is not a good thing and should not be encouraged.” He told KSW.

When asked if Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), having not been organising many events, can be blamed for these things, Qaiser disagreed, citing the current situation.

“JKCA could not have prevented it as every thing is stopped due to C(ovid)-19. To blame JKCA for this particular issue may not be correct.” He said.

He, however, took a dig at current JKCA administration, saying they are upto only saving their chairs.

“Agree that JKCA is too dormant and is not doing anything but JKCA has limited ideas and no vision. Not much is expected if you hold on to your chairs with both hands. You need hands free to work.” He asserted.

“In present JKCA every one is holding on to chairs and totally unmindful of fate of either the game or cricketers. But at least, JKCA can not be blamed for encouraging or initiating, directly or indirectly ant such thing as betting game.”

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