Malaysian cricketer removed from team's WhatsApp group due to training-work schedule clash, post surfaces

He further talked about the lack of respect and fair chances given to the players on different occasions.

Tanishq SharmaAuthor

Updated - 01 October 2022 11:57 AM

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World record holder in highest standing jump (one leg) and Malaysian cricketer Harinderjit Sekhon expressed his disappointment on social media after being removed from his team's WhatsApp group due to his unavailability for the training earlier this week.

Harinder, who works as a full time teacher, marked his unavailability for cricket training in the team's WhatsApp group due to the clash with his day-time work schedule.

Harinder took to Twitter on Thursday and released a statement showing his disappointment with the Malaysian cricket team coach. He stated, "How can the national cricket team coach just remove me because I can't make it to training tomorrow as it clashes with my day JOB?!  No proper solution with the management. No help. Not even a conversation with me. Imagine opening your WhatsApp and seeing you’ve been removed just like that!"

He cited the reason for his unavailability and said, " I'm juggling work (full time teacher) and playing cricket as well as in the process of breaking another jumping world record.  Within minutes of giving my unavailability for the training tomorrow I get removed by the coach."

Harinder indicated towards a biased approach by the coach and said, "I messaged him before to inform him of my difficult situation with work and family at this time. He says he overlooked my message, adds me back to the group & doesn't give a proper reason to remove me then removes me AGAIN! (I'm just as confused as you are) Others are also working, studying, etc.  but remain in the group after putting their unavailability."

He further talked about the lack of respect and fair chances given to the players during squad selections. Harinder asserted, "I've sacrificed so much to achieve what I have so far for my country and in return there is zero respect and communication. Plenty more matters/issues swept under the rug. Not giving players fair chances in selection matches so that “favourites” can get better opportunities and be picked.

"2-3 months ago before a tour to Canada, out of 5 selection matches I was available for 3 and in all 3 I wasn't given a chance to bat. No reason has still been given to me about this still to this day. The coach says he will meet/talk with me after the tournament but nothing has happened", he further added.

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