Fresh controversy erupts in J

Published: Monday, September 25, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) was embroiled in yet another controversy over the selection of the state's under-22 team for the C K Naidu cup.

The controversy erupted after JKCA Honorary General Secretary Saleem Ahmed Khan issued an advertisement in a leading English daily from here, Greater Kashmir, inviting players to register for selection trials for the under-22 national tournament.

However, the JKCA Chairman, in a press release, termed as ''invalid'' the advertisement on behalf of Mr Khan.

''It is for the information of all players and others concerned that Mr Khan has been placed under suspension by the JKCA Working Committee in its meeting on July 18. The matter is before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and Mr Khan continues to be under suspension,'' the release said.

''Any notice issued by him is invalid. The camps are already on since September 14 under the supervision of JKCA's Kashmir wing selectors Mohammad Ashraf and Nazir Magray. Another selection camp is on at Jammu under the supervision of the association's Jammu wing and selectors Sanjay Sharma and Bakshi,'' it added.

Earlier, the advertisement by Mr Khan read that open trials for selection of the Jammu and Kashmir team for the C K Naidu Cup and other tournaments will start at the Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here from September 29 to October 8.

The nets would be conducted by Abdul Qayoom Khan (ex-Ranji player) and Mushtaq Ahmed Rather, it added.

''Players desirous of participating in these trials are directed to report on September 29 at 1400 hrs along with their original date of birth certificate and four passport size photographs for security, without which no player will be allowed to participate in the trials. All the players are directed to come with their own kit and white uniform,'' the advertisement said.

It further said only those outstation players who are short-listed for final selection after two days of nets would be entitled to TA/DA under rules. The official team would be sent under signatures of Honorary General Secretary as per rules, the ad said.

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