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Anil Kumble supports Wasim Jaffer following ‘communal’ allegations by Uttarakhand board


Former India players Irfan Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, and Dodda Ganesh had also voiced their support for Jaffer

Former India captain Anil Kumble on Thursday extended support to his former team-mate Wasim Jaffer after the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) alleged that he had tried to force religion-based selections as the state team’s coach. Jaffer, on Wednesday, put up a tweet clarifying the allegations to which former India players Irfan Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, and Dodda Ganesh also replied to in support.

A day after resigning as Uttarakhand head coach because of “interference in team selection”, Jaffer denied allegations – reportedly levelled against him by senior officials of CAU – that he was creating a communal divide in the dressing room.

“With you Wasim,” Kumble, who also currently heads the ICC’s cricket committee, tweeted. “Did the right thing. Unfortunately it’s the players who’ll miss your mentorship.”

Jaffer, a domestic stalwart who played 31 Tests for India, called a virtual media briefing on his own on Wednesday where he explained that he was only saying that the Uttarakhand team “shouldn’t have a religious slogan” since the team has players from different religions.

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