Bangalore Dec 26, 2013 Jammu and Kashmir Ranji Trophy team was woken up on Tuesday night at their hotel and questioned for hours by the police who were reportedly looking for a suspected militant.
The players, staying at Jammu's Hotel Savoy, hadn't locked their doors as only their team was staying there at the time. They were startled awake by armed policemen surrounding them, NDTV reported.
This was later explained by the police as a 'routine check' after they had spotted a militant in the neighbourhood.
"This was a random check of all hotels in the area. We never intended to harass the players," said Rajesh Kumar, the Inspector General of Police, Jammu.
One of the players however voiced his displeasure about the way players were treated.
"Couldn't sleep whole night...police came to search our hotel at midnight and questioned us for hours at 1:15 am. We are still feeling the shock and horror of finding uniformed people with guns surrounding us when we were fast asleep," wrote Samiullah Beigh on his Facebook page about his sleepless night ahead of a crucial match.
"Whether deliberate harassment or routine check-up, surely this isn't the way to treat a bunch of guys with national and international repute, especially when you are playing the most important match of the JK cricket history. Honestly I am not expecting any wonders today. We may easily lose the game and hence the chances of our qualification to the quarterfinals may vanish."
Their match with team Hyderabad ended in a draw.