By Useeba Bashir
Srinagar: International Cricketer Irfan Pathan, who was appointed as player cum mentor of Jammu and Kashmir for upcoming domestic season said he would shortlist players for another camp, which he said will commence soon.
The all-rounder has started many initiatives for the cricketers of Valley to show up their talent. Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) had organized tournaments in different Districts of the Valley where in around 300 boys were selected in U19 and U23 category.
These boys are attending coaching Camp at Sher-e Kashmir Stadium Srinagar headed by Pathan himself wherein he will further select them for another Camp that will be going forward after this.
“I am looking forward to further shortlist the players for another camp that will be conducted later” Pathan said
“The selection will be purely based on their performance and through proper screening test”, he added
The all- rounder also mentioned that by this screening test, players will also come to know about their level of cricket and will also work hard on their weaknesses.
Irfan Pathan will specially be focusing on the Ranji team of the state so that team will show up their best in the tournament.
“I will specially be focusing on the Ranji team and will try to boost in the game of players and try to perform better in the tournament”, Pathan said
On being asked whether he found any shortcomings in the J&K Cricket, he said, “I find experience Cricket is lacking a bit here. Players are lacking the mindset of winning a game that needs to get boost in them.”
“The coordination within a team need to be build in. the team has to move forward as a team but not as an individual. I will be focusing on them and try to build in that coordination better between each member of the group”, he added
Irfan will also submit his suggestions to the JKCA, regarding the better upliftment of Cricket.
“I will be sending my suggestion through mail to JKCA according to my experience that will uplift the Cricket of J&K”, he said
Irfan assured that he will utilise his experience to train fully Cricketers of J&K.
“I have already started my work and will continue till I am with JKCA.I am and will give my cent percent to build in the cricket era of J&K”, Pathan said
On being asked about how he will manage the commitment he has given to JKCA and about other commitments he has, Pathan proudly said,
“I am the son of that person who worked at a factory and at the same time was also a muezzin at a mosque. He managed both so well that he never gave any one a chance to complaint. Same is the case with me. I will never step back prior to my commitment.”
Irfan Pathan’s advice to the upgrowing cricketers is that
“There is never a replacement for hard work. Keep working hard and play for the team not for your individual self.”
Futher Pathan also promised that he will definitely upgrade the Cricket in J&K
“I don’t promise to get the title at the tournament but surely assure that our aim will be high and will to achieve it by giving our best to it.”
J&K star sensation Parvez Rasool also shared his view on Irfan Pathan as mentor cum player, he said, “International star joining the J&K cricket is a very big thing and great opportunity for the state cricket as he is a very experienced international cricketer”
“Irfan Pathan is himself working very hard from the very first day on ground to boost in the talent of the cricketers. He is correcting and helping players to rectify their mistake while playing, shows his commitment to the Cricket”, he added.
Chahal registers best ODI bowling figures by a spinner Down Under
Mumbai :Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Friday recorded the best bowling figures by a spinner in an ODI clash in Australia, during the series-decider against the Aussies in Melbourne.
Chahal picked six wickets while conceding just 42 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), registering a dominant performance against the hosts, in a crucial clash. He also became the first spinner to pick six wickets in an ODI in Australia.
The bowler’s excellent performance certainly played a key role in India restricting Australia to a total of just 230.
The 28-year-old cricketer further equalled the best-ever ODI figures registered by any bowler in an ODI clash in Australia, alongside former Indian fast-bowler Ajit Agarkar.
Agarkar had accumulated the same tally as recorded by Chahal, against the hosts at the same venue, back in 2004.
Australian paceman Mitchell Starc enjoys a bowling tally, which trails the figures registered by the duo by a single run, having picked six wickets for 43 runs against India at the MCG, back in 2015.
English fast-bowler Chris Woakes is the fourth name on the list, after accumulating figures of 6/45 against Australia in Brisbane, 2011.
Phogat becomes first Indian nominated for Laureus Awards
Mumbai: Ace Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat has become the first Indian to receive a nomination in the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards to be held in Monica on 18 February.
The 24-year-old Indian, who made a sensational comeback after battling a long injury lay-off to win a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Jakarta Asian Games in 2018, has been nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year.
The Haryana wrestler, who was stretchered off after dislocating her knee during the quarterfinals of 50kg freestyle event at the 2016 Olympic Games, has been nominated alongside US Tour Championship winner Tiger Woods, who won his first tournament in five years.
Also nominated are four inspirational Winter Olympic athletes; Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, US ski racing legend Lindsey Vonn and Dutch Paralympic champion Bibian Mentel-Spee.
The last time an Indian sporting feat made its way to the Laureus World Sports Awards was in 2004 when the Indian cricket team and Pakistan cricket team shared the Laureus Sport for Good Award for playing an International match despite political tensions between the two countries.
Most recently, Magic Bus from India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014. However, Vinesh makes history as the first Indian athlete to be nominated in one of the seven main categories at the Laureus World Sports Awards.
All foreign stars will play PSL ties in Pakistan, says Mani
LAHORE: All star cricketers will come to Pakistan to play in the eight matches of the fourth Pakistan Super League (PSL) scheduled for Karachi and Lahore, chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani said.
The PSL matches will be staged from Feb 14 to March 17 at three venues — Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi — in the United Arab Emirates before the remaining fixtures move to Pakistan with Karachi staging five games, including the final, and Lahore three.
Talking to media on sidelines of a friendly cricket match between the Sports Journalists Association of Lahore (SJAL) and the UK-based Pakistani journalists at the Gaddafi Stadium, Mani said a good number of star cricketers had signed up in the six PSL franchises.
However, because of security concerns, prominent overseas players have been reluctant to travel to Pakistan. But with the passage of time, the number of prominent cricketers willing to visit Pakistan has risen. In the recent development the ex-South Africa captain A.B. de Villiers has already pledged to play two matches of Lahore Qalandars in Lahore on March 9 and 10.
To a query, Mani said the talks with Cricket Australia are still on to convince them to send their national side to Pakistan for two games of the five-match One-day International series in the UAE in March despite reports of Australia’s expressing their reluctance regarding playing here.
The PCB chief declared that he has persuaded CA to send a security delegation to assess the current situation in Pakistan before taking a final decision, which is expected to be taken before the PSL begins in the second week of February.
Mani further said that talks were on with the cricket boards of South Africa and England to send different age-group teams to Pakistan.