Shutting down all its activities, J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) in the wake of prevailing situation in Kashmir has sent all its outstation players including coaching staff back to their respective places.
As Kashmir is restive with chaos all over following various advisories and deployment of additional forces in the state, JKCA has decided to shut its activities like other institutions. The activities were shut in the middle of the ongoing practice matches at Sheri-Kashmir Cricket stadium Srinagar on Saturday. The players were asked to leave for their native places while as coaching staff including former Team India all-rounder Irfan Pathan for their respective States.
On Saturday practice matches involving eight teams of shortlisted players from all over state were going on at the Stadium. Apart from that coaching camps for Under-16 and 19 cricketers were also in swing under former Team India trainer.
As the matc, was going on between two teams at the stadium, JKCA decided to shut all the activities and issued the order to all the players to leave for their homes.
“We were playing the match when the order came in from JKCA. We were asked to pack our bags and go home,” said a player.
In the camp, teams and players from Jammu province were also part of and they were also asked to leave for Jammu.
“We have been told to leave Kashmir immediately and we have packed our bags,” said Jammu-based players. The Jammu-based players who numbered around 65 were provided transport by the JKCA.
“We had to take a decision on whether to continue activity or not. We waited till last moment and after seeing the prevalent situation, we had to shut all our activities immediately. The coaching session was stopped midway and players were asked to leave for their homes,” said a JKCA official.
“We arranged transport for Jammu-based players who were part of the coaching camps in the age groups of Under-16, 19, 23 and seniors. It was our responsibility to see them leave safely from Kashmir. From today all the activities of JKCA have been stopped and decision about resumption of activities would be taken as per the situation later,” he added.
Irfan Pathan who had arrived recently in Kashmir to resume his role as J&K cricket team mentor would also be leaving from Kashmir on Sunday while as other coaching staff would be leaving on Monday.
“Irfan Pathan would be leaving on Sunday while we couldn’t arrange tickets for other coaching staff like Milap Mewada on the same day. They would be leaving on Monday,” JKCA official said.