Valley’s top players boycott Ranji match

Six top players from the Kashmir Valley absented themselves from a Ranji Trophy match between Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra that concluded on Monday — a bizarre development that is being attributed to regional feuds within the faction-hit team. J&K lost the match by an innings.

Jammu and Kashmir captain Samiullah Beigh, Adil Rishi, Arshad Bhatt, Parvez Rassol, Aamir Aziz and Abid Nabi did not report for nets prior to the match, forcing the team to field all 11 players from the Jammu region.

Rassol had compiled a fine 171 to help Jammu and Kashmir secure a draw against Goa, following an innings defeat against Jharkhand. Beigh had backed him with an unbeaten 57.

Team officials, and State government officials, declined to respond to The Hindu’s questions.