In a fresh turn of events, Farooq Abdullah will now continue as chief of the Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association after the cricket body’s poll results were put on hold by the state’s High Court amid political row.
The court stayed Abdullah’s removal from the JKCA as he continues to remain president of the body.
The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister was on Monday removed from his position of J&K Cricket Association chief.
The veteran National Conference leader was replaced by Imran Ansari, who was elected unopposed.
Ansari is a sports minister in the J&K government.
Abdullah said his ouster was illegal and he had a three-year term to serve as the board’s president.
Manzoor Wazir of the Kashmir Gymkhana cricket club told earlier IANS that of the 64 cricket clubs in the state affiliated to the JKCA, 42 took part in internal elections,
Mehboob Iqbal would be the new chairman, Muhammad Iqbal the general secretary and Abdul Rouf the new treasurer, he added.
This was the first time Farooq Abdullah had lost control of the JKCA after 1980 when he was first elected president of the association.
Critics have accused Abdullah of financial impropriety in the cricket body.