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UAF asks Saeed Ajmal to pack up cricket academy

UAF asks Saeed Ajmal to pack up cricket academy

FAISALABAD: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) administration has stopped Saeed Ajmal from running the cricket academy on its campus.

The issue hit the headlines in August 2015 when the UAF asked the cricketer to wind up the academy because of alleged irregularities but he was allowed to resume activities within few days on public pressure.

The latest decision to once again send him packing has been taken after a document containing allegations against Ajmal had been placed before the varsity Syndicate the other day. The document (a copy is available with Dawn) alleges that Saeed Ajmal has been collecting donations from national and international organisations but no record is available.

“University gas was stolen at the academy and Ajmal tried to snatch the land from the university and made it a source of illegal earning. Hundreds of thousands of rupees were collected from players but no receipt has been issued to them by the academy, no record is maintained and no bank account was opened for this purpose,” it says.

The academy, says the document, had been creating problems for the university administration and lots of complaints were being received by the students.

After the Peshawar incident, the administration desired to know the particulars of the academy players and Ajmal, according to the document, provided fake particulars and concealed the facts about the academy.

Ajmal filed an application to the DCO on Oct 18, 2014, requesting transfer of university land in his name in revenue record.

Assistant Commissioner (Saddar) Ms Rafia Haider also attended the Syndicate meeting for presentation of an MoU the district administration proposed to be signed between the UAF and Ajmal.

“The Syndicate after holding discussion unanimously decided to uphold its earlier decision of Aug 29, 2015, with regard to withdrawal of approval to establish Saeed Ajmal Cricket Academy at the campus.”

It reiterated Ajmal could avail himself of sports facilities within the university system with prior intimation.

VC Dr Iqrar Ahmed told Dawn that the university could not allow commercial activities, compromise the security and go against the law.

“Ajmal was never prevented from playing and would be always welcome,” he added.

Ajmal declined to comment on the allegations. His close associates said a senior government officer had asked him (Ajmal) not to talk to the media on this issue and that he would help solve the issue.

Published in Dawn, January 10th, 2016

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