Parvez Rasool & JKCA Tussle Over Missing Pitch Roller

SRINAGAR: J&K’s top cricketer and budding coach Parvez Rasool has been accused of withholding JKCA pitch rollers and machinery, according to a notice issued by the J&K Cricket Association’s BCCI appointed Sub-Committee.

The JKCA notice, signed by Committee Members JKCA, warned Rasool of returning the withheld pitch rollers or face “police action”.

“You are holding machinery of JKCA… Before taking any harsh step in the direction which may include inviting police action for breach of trust and in order to maintain cordial relationship, you are directed to immediately return all machinery within one week failing which JKCA will be free to take action,” the notice said, according to a report published in The Indian Express.

A total of 2 notices were sent as emails and named Rasool owing to his District-level cricketing activities at his hometown in Bijbehara of Anantnag district.

In another email, current Sub-Committee member and BJP spokesperson, Brigadier (retd.) Anil Gupta has been quoted as saying: “Do we have any proof to nail him down?”

The notices clearly infuriated the well-known cricketer who responded to the said emails by asking if this was the way to “treat” a cricketer of his calibre.

“This is to inform you that I Parvez Rasool first international cricketer have represented my country and also played in IPL, Duleep Trophy, Deodhar trophy, India A, Board president XI, Irani Trophy, captained the J&K Ranji team from last 6 years and only cricketer from J&K who got best all-rounder award from BCCI 2 times. Today I got a letter stating that I have taken roller from JKCA which is really unfortunate… Let me clarify that I haven’t taken any roller or machine from JKCA. I am a player who is playing cricket. I just want to ask is this the way to treat international cricketer who has given life and soul to J&K cricket. You have an affiliated body in all districts; you should ask them for any JKCA equipment if present in their districts rather than me,” Rasool wrote back, according to the report.

The report also mentions that Rasool had shot back his reply on July 26.

The report quotes Gupta saying that the notices were sent only for audit purposes, and that a “ledger book must be maintained”.

Since there have been no further comments from either party involved, many hope that the issue will be amicably resolved.

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