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.
Salah wants the Muslim world to treat its women better
London : Salah is joined by fellow Arab and Muslim celebrities such as Rami Malek and Mahershala Ali, as well as Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Mo Salah is a titan, there’s no denying that. The Liverpool forward has been named as one of Time magazine’s most influential people for 2019 and rightly so. Salah has had one hell of a year. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 2017 and 2018 and was also named English football’s Player of the Year in 2017-2018 along with a whole host of other accolades.
He was listed within the “Titans” section of the list — which includes a record 48 women — and was championed by British comedian and US TV host John Oliver.
Salah however didn’t make waves for being a part of the illustrious 100 but for his statements championing women rights.
“We need to change the way we treat women in our culture,” he told Time.
“That has to be, it’s not optional.”
He added: “I support the woman more than I did before, because I feel like she deserves more than what they give her now at the moment.”
Oliver, a Liverpool fan, wrote an article on Salah for the magazine: “Mo is an iconic figure for Egyptians, Scousers and Muslims the world over, and yet he always comes across as a humble, thoughtful, funny man who isn’t taking any of this too seriously.”
Kerala Blasters rope in young goalkeeper Lovepreet Singh
Mumbai : India Super League side Kerala Blasters have roped in young goalkeeper Lovepreet Singh on a free transfer from Indian Arrows with effect from June 1, 2019.
Lovepreet Singh was picked up by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) from the Rurka Kalan Grounds in Punjab during a scouting programme in May 2018 by the National Association. Lovepreet Singh, who was outside of the age bracket, was not eligible for the trials, but he stuck around the trial premises to ultimately be spotted by the scouts and was given a chance.
At 195-cm tall, only Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who is 198-cm tall, has a height advantage over Lovepreet in the entire country as far as Indian Football’s top tier is concerned. He impressed Floyd Pinto in Goa and was given an Arrows contract prior to the I-League 2018-19.
He featured in a single game in the recently concluded I-League against Real Kashmir where he conceded twice as the game ended 2-2.
Lovepreet Singh is an exciting prospect for the Blasters and is one for the future. With his height and physique, Singh surely does have the goods to make it to the big stage as a goal-keeper.
“I’m very excited to join Kerala Blasters. Have heard a lot about the ever-supporting fans in Kerala. I’m looking forward to playing in front of them”, says the very energetic, young member of the team, Lovepreet Singh.
“Lovepreet is a rare find for an Indian goalkeeper, not only is he technically gifted but he also possesses great physical attributes! With Kerala Blasters success of promoting and improving young players, next season should be very exciting”, says Rory Grand, Head Goalkeeping coach, Kerala Blasters FC.
Kerala Blasters now have four goalkeepers in their side with the likes of Dheeraj Singh, Lalthuammawia Ralte and Bilal Khan on the roster alongside Lovepreet Singh. They loaned out Naveen Kumar to FC Goa in 2018 and is unlikely to return.
Kerala Blasters now have a number of Arrows players in their side. Jeakson Singh, Rahul KP, Nongdamba Naorem and Mohammad Rakip feature in the list along with the mentioned goalkeepers in Dheeraj and Lovepreet.
With more and more clubs coming to the fore courtesy the Parallel League action, it is indeed a sensible decision to have a young and lanky goalkeeper in the squad who can provide backup in case of shortage of shot-stoppers in the near future.
However, it needs to be seen whether Blasters do give him ISL game time or demote him to their reserve side for Kerala Premier League and I-League 2nd Division games.
Super Cup may return as season opener this year
New Delhi: The recently concluded Super Cup in Bhubaneswar was hardly a super show in the absence of seven I-League teams, but the tournament may return as the season opener (2019-2020) in September-October this year. In the general council meeting of the Indian Super League (ISL) last month, the franchises have been handed out the calendar for the next two seasons indicating Super Cup as the opening tournament.
No I-League club is officially aware of the development. Introduced in 2018, the Super Cup is India’s only knock-out tournament which is played as the season closer involving both I-League clubs and ISL franchises. The format of the tournament is strictly based on the final standings of the two leagues. When contacted, a senior All India Football Federation (AIFF) official said: “They (ISL) have only chalked out a provisional calendar. There is no reason to take it as the final roster.”
I-League clubs have called the Super Cup a meaningless affair which does not offer any prize money. The winners of Super Cup are also not given a berth in the Asian tournaments. The two spots in the AFC Cup and the Asian Champions League are reserved for the winners of ISL and I-League, respectively.