ICA doing injustice to players: Khurram

Islamabad—Capital Gymkhana Club Captain Khurram Hussain has slammed the Islamabad Cricket Association (ICA) for doing injustice with the local clubs saying only blue-eyed players have been given advantage while the rest are not considered. Talking to APP, he claimed that left arm fast bowler Imran Khan jr was originally groomed by Capital Gymkhana Cricket Club and participated in Inter District Trials in 2013 but was disappointed and left Islamabad.
“Imran restarted his career and went on to play for Peshawar Region and finally became a member of Pakistan’s national twenty20 side. “Ahmed Rehman, an off-spinner of Islamabad was the highest wicket taker in his group matches of 2014 ICA League but was not considered for selection even in reserve,” he said.
“The Zonal system introduced by ICA has done the remaining damage and destruction to cricket in Islamabad as only their favourite players are considered in the side while the others are exempted,” he said.
“The West Zone has never conducted a training and fitness camp after trials. The list of selected players has never been displayed anywhere neither been published in any newspaper instead the blue eyed boys selected are informed via SMS to reach the ground and play the inter district match,” he said.
He claimed that last week some players have also warned Irfan Manzoor secretary ICA and secretary west zone to stop doing injustice with them. “Recently they included nine members of Punjab Ghauri and Al Muslim club in playing 11 on favouritism.” He requested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to look into the matter so that discrimination is not done to the clubs and players,” he said.
When contacted ICA, President Nasir Iqbal said this claim is totally baseless and only the best players are selected by ICA strictly on merit basis.
He said by introducing the zones system players have got more chances to come forward.
“First as many as 20 players were selected from one district. After introducing the zones system now 80 players come to fore from this structure,” he said.—APP

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