J&K cricketers sport black arm-bands in protest


After Parvez Rasool and Mehraj Din Dar had been picked up for questioning by the police last Saturday upon a machine detecting traces of potential explosive substances in a kit bag in their room, the J&K team eventually left the KSCA Clubhouse for a different City hotel.
The attitude of the host association, the J&K coach said, had left them disappointed, and it was in protest against that that they were sporting black arm-bands, he added.

“Because the Champions League matches were happening here, the KSCA asked us to leave the rooms immediately,” coach Abdul Qayoom said. “After the two boys were taken away by the police, KSCA called us up some two-three times within half-an-hour, asking us to leave the stadium premises. But we said we wouldn't leave until the two players returned.

“Our grouse against the KSCA is that though we are their guests here, nobody from KSCA accompanied us to the police station. That's why we are wearing the black arm-band.”

The KSCA, its secretary Brijesh Patel countered, had not acted on its own volition. “A big match was happening here,” Patel pointed out. “The police had instructed us to request them to leave the premises. We have nothing against them.”

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