Wasim Jaffer’s Treatment Marks a Frightening New Communalisation of the Cricket Field – By Jaydeep Basu
…. sporting platforms in India were never used to play political or communal cards. Today, that is no longer the case.
That invisible yet strong barrier has been removed in cricket; and removed successfully. The incident regarding former Test cricketer Wasim Jaffer being labelled a communal person by an official of the Uttarakhand cricket association has made one thing clear – now, in Indian cricket, one can stand up, bring such serious allegations against a person of repute and get away with it….
Frankly, issues like whether Jaffer selectively picked up cricketers from a particular community or invited a religious preacher for team meetings have become totally irrelevant now. What has come to the fore from this unsavoury controversy is the deafening silence of the official body of Indian cricket. That the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has preferred not to waste a word on the issue is most surprising….