Srinagar: Discarded India all-rounder Irfan Pathan on Friday formally joined Jammu and Kashmir cricket team as mentor cum player at Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association headquarter
Pathan will play for J&K as mentor cum player and has one year contract with JKCA.
For the development of the game former India cricketer will also be holding coaching clinics in J&K
“My job here is to help develop J&K cricket as mentor cum player and they have started the planning to develop cricket in State,” 33 year old Irfan said.
“We have already started to work on the plan and soon we will set that in motion. J&K has got the talent and need is to give them platform and chance to excel. Idea is to work along with senior players of State to make plan successful,” he said.
Out of favor Indian cricketer Pathan who has been roped in by J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) Administrators and JKCA CEO Ashia Hussain Bukhari for the initial one year term
pathan also held interaction with the young budding cricketers at the stadium upon his maiden visit to Kashmir.
On the occasion, Pathan suggested youngsters to work hard on their game in order to achieve their dream of reaching higher level.
Pathan has last represented India way back in 2012 and last year he was also dropped by his home state Baroda due to Baroda’s dismal run at the start of the season.
Noticeably, Irfan Pathan was asked to lead the team before the start of the season but since then Baroda has had a poor run .He was not just removed from his captaincy duties but also from his place in the team.