“I was ecstatic to see my boys (as I love to call them) performing like this against a top side like Mumbai that too in their own backyard. It proves only one thing - talent is there, has always been
Srinagar, Dec 15: Showering praise on the J&K cricket team for their historic win over Mumbai in a recent Ranji Trophy match, former JK coach, Bhishen Singh Bedi, said it is time for the J&K cricket administrators to prove their worth and provide much needed facilities to cricketers in the state.
Talking to Greater Kashmir over phone, he said that he never doubted the talent of JK cricketers but always felt bad to see how (badly) the cricket administrators work in the state.
“I was ecstatic to see my boys (as I love to call them) performing like this against a top side like Mumbai that too in their own backyard. It proves only one thing — talent is there, has always been there, and the only thing needed is exposure and guidance,” Bedi said.
“They (JK boys) have shocked every cricket pundit of the country. It has taken everyone aback to see that the boys who have no facility at home, no infrastructure and only play T20 cricket, beat Mumbai in the longer version of the game handsomely. It proves their talent. In the longer format nothing is a fluke as the play goes on for days,” he said.
The former Indian great said that it is time for JK Cricket Administrators to prove their mettle and rise to the occasion after players have done their job.
“I think players showed what they are capable of. They did it last year and have begun this year on high. Now the administrators should rise to the occasion and prove their mettle by providing best facilities to the players. They should develop infrastructure, upgrade facilities and create best possible environment for players,’ he said.
Having been associated with team in the past, Bedi has a number of suggestions for improvement of the standard of the game in J&K. He said that during his time with JK team he tried to help JKCA take initiatives which they failed to do.
“My suggestions were never taken seriously but as of now I have no personal stakes in JK cricket. I can give them suggestion in public. I think JKCA should shed its T20 mindset and organize Tests for its cricketers. Test cricket is the real cricket and it is that arena from we can develop quality players. JKCA should organize more and more longer format matches,” he said.
“JKCA can invite top sides of country during the off-season to play against their team in Srinagar or Jammu. That will help develop basic cricket standards of the state. That will also help our players to prepare well for the upcoming seasons. It will also help JKCA officials showcase the facilities being developed by them,” he said.
About the selection matters, he said, “I know it and can say it with authority that selection is never 100% fair in JK Cricket. Talented players never get their chance on the right time.
One example is that of Umer Nazir. I had been pleading for his inclusion since last three years and but they never listened. See now how much potential this kid has got”.
Asked whether he had any suggestions for the current team, he said, “Good beginning is (a job) only half done. They needed to stay focused and stay grounded and perform well in the remaining matches of the season. It is at the end of the season when their performance would be judged”.