SC upholds HC order allowing JK to play CK Nayudu Trophy

Srinagar—The Supreme Court of India has upheld state High Court’s order, allowing J&K’s under-23 cricket team to play in the CK Nayudu Trophy last month.

A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud upheld the order by dismissing a special leave petition filed by Hashim Saleem, son of incumbent director health services Kashmir, who alleged discrimination in selection by JKCA.   

Last month, a match between J&K and Goa had to be stopped in 13th over of the opening day after High Court barred the JKCA from picking the under-23 team.

Hashim had alleged that a selector, Mansoor Ahmad, had picked his son Moomin Mansoor in the team. At the same time, some non-deserving players had also made it to the side, he had pleaded.

The division bench of the high court had observed that if one person has been selected wrongly, then Hashim could have prayed for restraining him from playing in the tournament and not the entire team.  

“Because of the impugned order, the entire scheduled of CK. Naydu Tournament (under 23) has been disturbed on account of matches involving team sponsored by J&K Cricket Association being stalled; notwithstanding the fact that the son of one of the (chief selector) against whom (Hashim) has alleged his grievance is not part of playing 11 though he is a part of the squad. (Hashim) appears to have misled the single judge and has disturbed holding of the entire tournament,” said Prof. Ratnakar Shetty General Manager—Admin & Game Development, Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI). 

He said that because of the court’s order, the team selected and sponsored by the J&K Cricket Association has been debarred from participating in the tournament which was causing great loss to the cricketing activity of J&K and various players.

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