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JKCA’s treatment of its biggest matchwinner is unacceptable

Abdul Samad, the name that gave hope to J&K cricket and cricketers after Parvez Rasool is sadly facing the same treatment as Parvez. He has suddenly been left out of J&K’s playing XI in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.

He faced similar treatment in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as well, where he was dropped for a couple of matches. The right-handed batter was even, surprisingly, sent to join U-23 team although they were already eliminated from the tournament.

Samad, who was recently retained by IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, is arguably the most talented player in J&K currently. Yet JKCA’s treatment of him has come as a major shock.

KSW understands that people in J&K’s management and the higher administration are unhappy with the young lad. The reasons are unknown but it seems Samad’s upright character isn’t going well with the people at the helm.

The 22-year-old has experience of playing in IPL for multiple years and for obvious reasons, he has a better idea of how things should work in a team. However, as JKCA often makes bizarre decisions on and off the field, complying with it might not have been easy for him.

JKCA has been fielding strange playing XIs, which is why the results are constantly going downwards. After losing four and winning three (against weaker teams) in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, J&K is having a horrible outing in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy as well (2 wins in 6 matches).

The current JKCA administration has often been accused of mistreating star players. Earlier, Parvez Rasool, J&K’s most consistent performer for years in domestic cricket, was also treated in a similar way. He was entirely dropped from all the formats due to unkown reasons.

This behaviour of the cricket body is badly impacting the performance of J&K teams across formats and age groups. It’s high time BCCI stepps in and saves the drowning boat of J&K cricket.

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