JKCA U-23 Women Selection:Kashmir players allege favoritism,lack of facilities

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JKCA Women’s Under-23 Cricket tourney selection


Srinagar: The Kashmir women Under-23 cricketers have alleged favoritism in the selection of J&K Under-23 Women Cricket team and also have revealed that they were not provided any facility by J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) in Jammu during trials.

JKCA recently announced the team for the Under-23 Women One-day tournament and the selection to select J&K team was held at Jammu from January 11. For the selection trials there were around 16 shortlisted cricketers from Kashmir province who had went to Jammu to take part in the trials.

As since August 5, JKCA has shifted its base from Kashmir to Jammu, all the selection trials and Association official business is being conducted in Jammu. The similar process was followed for the selection of Under-23 women cricket team. The Kashmir based players who had went for the selection trials were not provided any accommodation or food by association during trial period and there was also no selector from Kashmir province involved in the selection.

In the final squad announced by JKCA there were only three players selected from Kashmir province while as rest belonged to Jammu. The Kashmir region players have now alleged that there was clear favoritism in the selection process and they weren’t given any chance to prove their talent.

“For the first part of the trials the two Jammu based selectors kept us ignoring and never gave any chance. Then on the final day they said that a third selector has arrived and she will make final decision. She didn’t even had proper look at players and then made her decision. We as Kashmir players went to the selectors asked them whether we will be in the list or not and they categorically replied no. It was without a hesitation they replied no,” said a Kashmir player.

Another Kashmir based player said that one player was initially told she is in the list and then was said no your are not because she drooped a one catch in the trials.

“As we had examinations coming we tried to get early info from selectors. We told them if we are in list then we can skip examination and if not then we can stay. The selector replied only one is in the list and she can stay in Jammu. Then next day she was told she is not in the list because she had dropped catch in the trials. It was a cruel joke to a player who gave her best during bowling, batting and fielding, then dropped for single catch,” player said.

The players also alleged that the Kashmir province selectors were not present during the selection process.

“There was no selector from Kashmir province. When we contacted them they said they were not informed about the trials. The trials were conducted by two Jammu based selectors and on the last day third one from Jammu also joined,” they said.

The players said that during their stay in Jammu JKCA didn’t provided them any kind of accommodation and food.

“We went for selection trials to Jammu and then JKCA didn’t provided us any facility. Some of us stayed in Dharamshalla while as some had no money and stayed in Guruduwaras. We were around 16 players from Kashmir and JKCA that wastes so much of money on useless things had no money for us,” they said.

When contacted JKCA CEO Syed Ashique Bukhari didn’t responded to repeated calls, however the official in JKCA said that they are looking into the matter.

“JKCA has no funds hence isn’t in a position to provide facilities to all players who reach Jammu for trials. The alleged favoritism in selection has been brought into CEO notice and he has initiated enquiry into the matter. The Kashmir based selectors couldn’t reach Jammu due to road blockade. However, they have given their consent to final selection list,” JKCA official said.

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