India news October 19, 2009

Jammu & Kashmir association want apology over player detention

Cricinfo staff

The Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) has sent a letter to the BCCI president Shashank Manohar regarding the detention of two under-22 Kashmir cricketers by police in Bangalore and also asked the Karnataka government for an apology.

"We want an assurance from the BCCI that Kashmiri cricketers won't be harassed in future and an apology from the Karnataka government for harassing the two,'' JKCA general secretary Saleem Khan was quoted as saying in the Times of India.

The Champions League match between Victoria and Cape Cobras on Saturday got off to a delayed start after police detained Pervez Rasool staying at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) complex in the Chinnaswamy Stadium in connection with a suspected presence of explosives at the venue. He was later released after questioning.

The J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah was also upset about the incident. "I have always told all the states time and again to be careful about Kashmiri boys because the wounds are raw and it adds salt to them", Omar told NDTV. "Today we got to know that the machine was faulty and unnecessarily Pervez was made the scapegoat."