Jammu angry over JKCA treatment to Ian

JAMMU: The unexpected dropping of Jammu's most talented cricketer, Ian Dev Singh from the side in the opening match (lost by J&K) against Bengal in the Vijay Hazare Trophy has led to sharp criticism of player cum mentor, Irfan Pathan and skipper, Parvez Rasool.

The ‘biased' approach of the Kashmir centric J&K Cricket Association (JKA) remained the focal point of discussion among those associated with the game in the Winter Capital throughout the day.

"Last season, Ian single handedly led J&K to victory in two Vijay Hazare games played against Saurashtra and Services. He was the man who made 24-ball 48 runs against Services while chasing 300. Ian has played a role in all the games won by J&K last season," said angry ex-captain, Vijay Sharma, who was coach of the team last season.

Adding he said, "What was the fun of dropping me from the coaching assignment when we got excellent results of defeating Haryana and Punjab in the Twenty20 games. And, now, another talented cricketer has been victimised for no fault of him. It is the JKCA which has hired Irfan Pathan and not the later who is dictating terms to the administration of the Association."

Despite excellent batting, Ian Dev kept the wickets in both the white ball tournaments last season. It has been learned reliably that last season also Ian Dev was treated badly by the skipper, Parvez Rasool, who sent him the order deliberately.

Celebrity cricketer from the state, Ashwani Gupta too has expressed his displeasure towards the Irfan and Parvez duo for dropping outstanding Ian Dev Singh.

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