Bhubaneswar: The Odisha-unit of Hindu Jagran Manch, on September 21, reiterated its demand to sack Wasim Jaffer from the post of Coach of Odisha cricket team following a tweet he wrote in support of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
It is to be noted that after the England Cricket Board aborted the decision to call off their Pakistan tour owing to security reasons, former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer tweeted in support of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He termed the decision of England "very disappointing" and added that the England Cricket Board owes so much to both Pakistan and West Indies. "Least ECB could do is not cancel the reciprocal tours. There are no winners when cricket is cancelled," said Jaffer.
Talking to Organiser Tanmay Dash, Organising Secretary, Hindu Jagaran Manch, Odisha said that only Pakistani players supported PCB. Jaffer is the first non-Pakistani player who stood behind PCB.
"Wasim Jaffer's latest statement only proves his pro-Pakistani mentality. It is a known fact that Pakistan is the epicentre of terrorism in the world. Still, Wasim Jaffer is openly coming in support of Pakistan. This is very unfortunate. A person like him must be sacked as Coach of Odisha Cricket Team immediately," he said.
Hindu Jagran Manch Bhubaneswar Mahanagar activists protesting against Odisha Cricket Association (July 2021)
"We are already of the firm view that Wasim Jaffer has always worked for Islamic Agenda. Wasim Jaffer was earlier accused of promoting Islam in the state Cricket team during his tenure as Coach of Uttarakhand. The Uttarakhand Team used the slogan 'Ram Bhakt Hanuman ki Jai', but Jaffer got the slogan changed to 'Go Uttarakhand'. After this controversy, he had to resign from the post of Coach." he added.
"When the Odisha Cricket Association selected Jaffer for the post of Coach of Odisha cricket team, Hindu Jagran Manch vociferously opposed this decision, saying a person like him may try to communalise the land of Lord Jagannath. Instead of Wasim Jaffer, some other players can be selected as coach of the Odisha Cricket Team. Activists of the Hindu Jagran Manch Bhubaneswar unit staged a demonstration, and a delegation of Manch submitted a memorandum to the governor in this regard last July. After his recent statement. We once again reiterate our demand to sack Wasim Jaffer from the post of Coach, " he further said.