RAFIQ A WANI
SRINAGAR: The much fancied Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association Working Committee meeting Tuesday proved to be a “lively” one with rival groups in the association accusing each other of wrongdoings and many an important decisions taken including the resumption of development works including coming up with turf wickets at various colleges across the state, 25% pay hike to the association staffers and release subsidy to the affiliated clubs. It also decided to work in the collaboration with State Sports Council to work for the development of the sport in the region.
According to the sources privy to the all important meeting headed by the JKCA president Dr Farooq Abdullah at Jammu, as soon as multi-crore scam issue came into discussion, there was near pandemonium with rival groups cornering each other which led to “nothing concrete coming out” vis-à-vis horde of wrongdoings in the association.
“It was pandemonium like situation when multi-crore scam issue came into discussion as some members started to throw allegations at each other,” said sources.
The meeting also marked some important decisions taken with most being resumption of developmental works that have been stalled over the last three years or so.
“It was decided that turf wickets would be made at college level and work at Sher-I-Kashmir Cricket Stadium (JKCA headquarters) would be resumed soon. In this regard tenders will be invited within 15 days,” said sources.
The meeting also reviewed the performance of the state cricket teams of various age group this season and it was felt that team had made rapid strides which augurs well for sport.
There was a good news for JKCA affiliated clubs with Abdullah directing the officials to release the subsidy money that has been long due. And, JKCA staffers will have a reason to be happy with the meeting as 25% salary hike was approved.
According to the sources, secretary sports council was also attended the meeting and it was decided JKCA and the council will work together to upgrade the infrastructure at the grassroot level.