Jammu and Kashmir’s top cricketer Parvez Rasool Tuesday called for a two-year ban on any player who fudges his date of birth.
“Those who have produced fake documents with regard to their age should be banned for two years and even those who have retired,” Rasool told reporters here.
He was responding to a question on ban imposed on Rasikh Salaam.
“I appeal to BCCI and JKCA that such cases should not go unpunished,” said the all-rounder.
Parvez along with cricketers from various districts of the Kashmir came out in support of current J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) set up run by two High Court appointed Administrators and Chief Executive Officer CEO.
“For the first time in the history of J&K cricket last year district-level cricket tournament were organised by JKCA which had never happened before. It was for the first time that cricket came out of the traditional Sheri-Kashmir Cricket Stadium in Srinagar and GGM Science College Ground in Jammu. For the first time all the cricket clubs in State were free to participate in JKCA sponsored tournament,” Parvez said.
“As per my knowledge and other cricketers who are here, achievements of current setup of JKCA are commendable. What this set up has done in two years was missing during last six decades. Over the last 2 years, we have been able to unearth local talent from remote areas only because JKCA was able to organize district-level tournaments,” he said.
When asked about lack of turf wickets and why he himself goes to inaugurate matting wicket tournaments, Parvez said, “JKCA is on the job to develop turf wickets in every district of the state. The work has started with JKCA signing MoU with J&K State Sports Council through which JKCA will develop turf wickets in Sports Council-owned grounds. As far as myself going to inaugurate matting turf events, if any local organizer invites me to their event, it would be imprudent to reject the invitation.”
To question on Irfan Pathan, Parvez said, “Irfan Pathan is a name in the international arena. He has represented the country at international level and everyone in cricket circles known him. JKCA roped him to mentor and train J&K cricketers last year. Those who themselves have average of only five or 17 after playing in 40 first class matches are questioning Irfan Pathan’s ability and experience.“
“Irfan Pathan has many avenues to earn money like being expert on television, yet he chose to come to Kashmir. He could just come and join team when events were held, but he preferred to stay here in J&K”, Parvez added.