Jaffer, who quit as Uttarakhand coach owing to a dispute with the state association, has rejected the charge by the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand officials that he favoured Muslim players in the team.
“Sir, I don’t have an idea regarding this issue, what has happened, so I don’t think that I should comment on this topic, because I don’t have an idea,” Rahane said at the virtual press conference on the eve of the second Test against England here.
Rahane and Jaffer, who is the leading run-getter in Ranji Trophy, have together played for Mumbai and the West Zone. They also have played together for the Indian Oil Corporation.
The 42-year-old Jaffer, who played 31 Tests for India and is a celebrated name in domestic cricket, said the charge levelled by CAU’s secretary Mahim Verma in a media report, had caused him immense pain.
1. I recommended Jay Bista for captaincy not Iqbal but CAU officials favoured Iqbal.2. I did not invite Maulavis3… https://t.co/mpKQTVbcal
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) 1612975004000
Jaffer had resigned on Tuesday citing “interference and bias of selectors and the association’s secretary for non-deserving players” as the reason.
“…jo communal angle lagaya (the communal angle that has been brought up), that is very, very sad,” Jaffer had said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
@WasimJaffer14 With you Wasim. Did the right thing. Unfortunately it’s the players who’ll miss your mentor ship.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) 1613033281000
“They levelled an allegation that I am in favour of Iqbal Abdulla, I wanted to make Iqbal Abdulla as the captain, which is absolutely wrong,” he had asserted.
@WasimJaffer14 Unfortunate that you have to explain this.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 1613036639000
Jaffer had found support from spin legend Anil Kumble, a former India captain and coach who currently heads the ICC’s cricket committee, among others.
I would request the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand (BJP) Mr.Trivendra Singh Rawat 2 intervene immediately nd take no… https://t.co/t3C9CsthIy
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) 1613039007000
Former India players Irfan Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, and former Mumbai batsman Shishir Hattangadi have also stood behind Jaffer on the issue.
@WasimJaffer14 Wasim, opening batting has been your religion. You don’t need to defend yourself. Stay calm and shou… https://t.co/7SkAYfnC6Z
— shishir hattangadi (@shishhattangadi) 1613010360000