March 23, 2014

Indian cricket

The challenges in Jammu & Kashmir cricket

Cricket in Jammu and Kashmir is rife with roadblocks and a lot of them tend to be off the field. Jonathan Selvaraj in the Indian Express explores how the players have had to deal with the haphazard facilities, troubles with terrorism and accusations of bias. But this Ranji season, J&K brushed aside the past and progressed into the Ranji quarterfinals, under the leadership of Parvez Rasool, the first player from the state to be selected for India.

Forty-seven-year-old Abdul Qayoom Bagaw, however, has seen much worse. Now coach of the team, Bagaw is also J&K's leading wicket-taker. The broad-shouldered right-arm quick saw his career suffer because his prime years as a cricketer coincided with the most turbulent time in the Valley. After four regular seasons of first-class cricket, Qayoom had taken 86 wickets, and was poised to leap into the big league. But at the start of the 1992-93 season, a letter arrived home. "It was a death threat signed by militants, warning me not to play for India," says Qayoom, who was 25 then. He didn't turn up for his side that year.

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Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 26, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

Amidst all these challenges,we have no infrastructure down their.

Posted by android_user on (March 24, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

Definitely nothing comes easy in Kashmir.

The militancy followed by unprecedented Army presence is making it a lot more tougher for our guys.

well done boys so far...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

In addition to this - 1. They need to work hard in gelling as a unit. Since a HUGE cultural difference between Kashmiri and Jammu folks. 2. Prefer to spot and pick quick bowlers from Kashmir region. I believe they have a lot to offer 3. I believe Jammu region has very good batsmen. 4. Skipper must be respected by people of both region.

I WISH they perform well in Ranji sometime.

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