Irfan Pathan was appointed Jammu and Kashmir's player-cum-coach for the 2018-19 season
Irfan Pathan was appointed Jammu and Kashmir’s player-cum-coach for the 2018-19 season

Alleging interference by coach-cum-mentor Irfan Pathan in the Jammu and Kashmir domestic team selection process, Dhruv Mahajan, one of the four selection committee members of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), has tendered his resignation from the post.

“I have tendered my resignation. Pathan has been doing a lot of interference in the team selection process which is in violation of the constitution,” Mahajan told PTI.

Pathan was appointed coach-cum-mentor of the Jammu and Kashmir in March this year for the 2018-19 season.

Mahajan, former skipper of Jammu and Kashmir Ranji Trophy team, submitted his resignation to the JKCA Chief Executive Officer Aashiq Bukhari, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and chief selector, JKCA, Parvez Qaiser.

“He should concentrate on his job and not make unnecessary interferences in the job of others. The BCCI constitution has made it amply clear that an individual cannot hold more than two posts and player is also considered as a post,” said the former all-rounder, who has played 48 Ranji Trophy matches and 37 List A matches.

He also alleged that since his appointment Pathan has not played a single match despite being appointed at the capacity of player-cum-coach. “Selection committee is there to select the team and player cum mentor is there to play and mentor the team. He has not played a single match since his appointment.” he added.

The 33-year-old Pathan played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India between 2003 and 2012. Pathan was captain of Baroda for the past two domestic seasons.

On the other hand, players seem to be happy with Pathan’s way of working. State skipper Parvez Rasool reckoned that things have vastly improved since Irfan came on board as a mentor in June, giving the players some much-needed confidence and lifting their morale.