SRINAGAR: J&K cricket team is making headlines for all the right reasons for making it to the quarter finals of India’s premier domestic tournament Ranji Trophy for the first time in five decades. J&K’s dream run was halted by Punjab defeating the Parvez Rasool led side by 100 runs in the last eight stages, but that hasn’t stopped cricket pundits and fans alike praising the team’s winning effort.
A cursory look at the infrastructure available to the players here is decimal as compared to neighboring states like Himachal Pradesh.
Most of the players who were the part of the squad were of the view that authorities at the helm at JKCA must upgrade infrastructure so that players can compete at the higher level with ease.
“There is no denying the fact that J&K is full of cricketing talent and for that talent comes good we need to have better infrastructure. JKCA must starting developing facilities so that players are able fine-tune their skills and prepare better for the upcoming challenges,” said the players who returned home after being on a tour for almost two months.
“It is the sheer talent and hard work of players which has taken state cricket to new heights, one can imagine if all the facilities available at other cricketing centers at India J&K players can easily compete with player of repute of other states and will give them run for their money,” they said.
J&K players want the association to make sure there is round the year cricket activities and turf should be installed at various centers to professionalize the sport and the way it is played.
“We need to have cricket turfs so that we are able to practice on the pitches that we encounter while playing at higher level. We should have a round the year cricket here so that we don’t feel out of touch whenever a big tournament is round the corner,” they said.
They also suggested that youngsters should be sent to other states to play the sport so that they are exposed to different conditions and groomed properly………..By Rafiq A Wani