The J&K High Court appointed administrators of J&K Cricket Association (JKCA), Justice CK Prasad, former judge of the Supreme Court, and Justice Syed Rafat Alam, former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh and Allahabad High Courts, wrapped up their 2-day Kashmir visit on Tuesday and would be heading for Jammu on Wednesday.
During their stay in Kashmir, both the administrators, who were appointed by J&K High Court, to conduct and ensure free and fair elections met various delegations including the two main rival factions of JKCA.
According to JKCA sources both factions met administrators in JKCA Headquarters Sonawar on Monday while as on Tuesday administrators were mostly outside JKCA office, meeting various cricket and JKCA related officials.
On Wednesday, both administrators will reach Jammu to hold meetings and reviews of various issues concerning JKCA in that province.
Pertinently selection trials of JKCA T20 team are also going on in Jammu and it is expected that some of the senior cricketers may also meet them. Sources said that administrators before arriving in the state to start their work had done their homework and are well aware about the backgrounds of cricket in State. "Though they arrived in JK yesterday but they were in constant touch with various persons who are in knowhow of the cricket to get the background and inside info. On Monday they assured everyone they will set JKCA house in order as soon as possible," source said.
Abdur Rouf, former General Secretary of J&KCA, said, "We met both the administrators and told them that they can expect full cooperation from us association for the betterment of cricket in J&K. We told them that there are around 37 to 38 legal cases going on in JKCA and we want to end them all. J&K cricket has suffered lot and because of that we can't see it suffering any further. We gave our whole life to it and this is a chance for all of us to set our house in order," Rouf said.
"We also brought in their notice that JKCA due to various litigations is out of money and proper set up. We requested them to set things in order as early as possible. In reply administrators assured us that we they have come here to sort all issues and have no intention of staying for long," he said.
Rouf himself well known cricket all-rounder of state thanked Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari for coming to the rescue of cricketers by announcing lodging and boarding during their stay in Jammu. "It is good to see that cricketers are getting the help. First CEO announced open trials and then Syed Altaf Bukhari announced free facilities for cricketers in Jammu. I personally thank Education Minister for the gesture," he said.
From the rival faction a group of former joint secretaries Imtiyaz Ahmad, Idrees Gandroo, Ghulam Muhammad and Nazir Magrey met administrators. "We told them that we are from plaintiff side and are in favor of reforms in JKCA as per Supreme Court guidelines. We also told them that till reforms would take place in JKCA we want clean and politics free administrators to handle the affairs of the academy," said Imtiyaz Ahmad.
"Both Administrators assured us that they6 have come here for that purpose only and will try their best to set JKCA in order. In return we also assured them our full cooperation for that purpose," he added.