Punjab v Jammu & Kashmir, Ranji quarter-finals, Baroda January 12, 2014

Beigh hopes country taps into J&K's fast-bowling reserves

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On a good pitch in Baroda, few gave Jammu & Kashmir a chance in their first Ranji quarter-final in over a decade, especially against a Punjab pace attack touted to be one of the strongest in the country. Harbhajan Singh, the Punjab captain, had a smile on his face when he saw the conditions in Baroda; he played three pacers. J&K went one step ahead; they fielded four.

Allrounder Parvez Rasool had a role to play in their last two matches of the season, but J&K's rise has largely been scripted by their seamers. Samiullah Beigh, Mohammed Mudhasir and Ram Dayal featured in all nine matches the team played this season, and shared 95 wickets among them. These bowlers could stake a claim for being arguably the most consistent pace trio in the country. In the first innings in Baroda, another seamer - the tall and lanky 19-year-old Umar Nazir - impressed with his pace and bounce, picking up four Punjab wickets in the first innings.

Beigh is the leader of the pack with 35 wickets this season. He feels the team has managed to grab the attention it has yearned for in the past, and now it must show that this season wasn't a fluke. As for fast bowling, it's comes naturally to most cricketers from his state, he said. "There is something in the food, the geography, the genes... we like to bowl fast there. There are at least five fast bowlers after us who also deserve to be in the side. In J&K, you need to be a very good fast bowler to play. It's been like that in Kashmir. Our coach [Abdul Qayoom] was a very good fast bowler too."

But being able to bowl fast is just one of the things one needs to become a successful fast bowler. Another thing one needs is to be in the right place at the right time. Being in a smaller team like J&K, as Beigh says, has been a handicap in the past.

Beigh made his Ranji debut in 2003 and played cricket while pursuing a degree in engineering, but only after finishing his degree - and thus securing a future - was he able to fully concentrate on the game. He was one of the seven players handpicked in 2006 to undergo a camp at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. Out of those seven, only Beigh has not gone on to represent the Indian team.

"I was there for six months and I learned a lot from Dennis Lillee sir," he says. "He used to rate me quite high and said that I had it in me to reach the top. He used to say that I would be very unlucky if I didn't get to play for India.

"From 2007, I could play cricket seriously. In the first season, I took 25-odd wickets, got into the zone team, but didn't get a game. In 2008 or 2009, I took 25 wickets in five games and scored 300 runs as well, got into the zone team, but wasn't included in the eleven. In the one-dayers, I got 10 wickets in five games. I got selected for Deodhar Trophy, but still no game. So that has been the story so far. I make it to the zonal level, but they don't play me."

Beigh, like a number of players in the country, could have chosen to move to another state to further his chances, but after completing a masters in structural engineering and getting a job with the J&K public works department, it wasn't a feasible choice.

"I got offers to move out.. I played a game against Railways and got a five-for against the Sanjay Bangar-led side," he says. "They offered me a job because they wanted me to play for them. But I had just got a very good job and I couldn't leave and my parents didn't want me to leave either. The next year, I was offered a place in the Himachal team, but my government job didn't allow me to play for a different state.

"Sanjay Bangar still tells me that you spoiled your career and even TA Sekar sir, he also wanted me to change the state because he said I would never play for India from Kashmir. But considering all things, I could not move."

Being from J&K has also brought other kinds of problems. In 2009, Rasool was detained by the police in Bangalore. This season, the team hotel was searched in the middle of the night, in Jammu, while a Ranji game was on. Beigh was the first one to protest.

"We haven't got anything against or for anybody, but when you see you are being treated differently, then it hurts," he says. "A common person doesn't even know that J&K play cricket.. Now that we are doing well and people are getting to know us, these things will automatically go down."

The success this year has brought recognition and Beigh hopes that their performances don't go unnoticed when the IPL happens. Beigh was once part of the 2010 Deccan Chargers squad. His bowling partner, Mudhasir, once featured in the Kings XI squad in the first season.

"I don't blame IPL teams to have overlooked J&K in the past," Beigh says. "The feeling is that it's a troubled region, and no one plays cricket there and there are only one or two players. But this year we have done marvelously well. The kind of cricket we have played this season, we expect at least five or six of us to play in the IPL this season. We are very hopeful that we'll be given a chance."

It will be a step forward, Beigh feels, and just like Rasool's popularity has brought focus to the cricket in J&K, it will open doors for more players. He says there is a thriving fast-bowling culture in the state which needs to be tapped into, but needs support. Beigh, the senior pro, is doing his bit to inspire the next generation.

"A few days back, Nazir and another U-19 guy, Rohit Sharma, who is also very good, they were bowling in the nets and I spent some time with them sharing some technical tips. And I was shocked when they said, 'Bhaiyya humne apna action aap par hi model kiya hai (We have modelled our action on you).'"

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 13, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    It has been a good year for J&K cricket. Taking wickets in the C band [plate zone] is very different from picking wickets against teams like Karnataka, Mumbai, UP and Delhi. Now that they have the experience, they must consider playing local league in Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore to hone their skills. IPL will happen when they can showcase their talent on a broader canvass. They must be J&K cricketers in mind and spirit and not in isolation.

  • on January 13, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    J&K has started making headlines which is a good thing. Breaking the ranks is not easy especially in a system like ours where the emphasis is on rotating tried players again and again rather than pitch in boldly for new players unless there is some desperation. Players like Rasool and Beig may get their visibility initially thru IPL (which is more performance and team balance centered) and then put pressure on BCCI for selection. I hope no one holds it against them just because they are from J&K. If they do it is a shame and defeats the very purpose of calling J&K as a part of India and wanting it to remain as one.

  • on January 15, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    @sundar rajan This guy is alluding to his diet, being from kashmir I assume, he is implying that being non vegetarian makes them fast, my point is that most of our fastest bowlers have been vegetarian and have been better then the non vegetarians. Also all the bowlers from JK are medium pacers, so noting to brag about there.

  • on January 15, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    @Connan Doyle, Fast Bowlers from Kashmir are not Vegetarians!! this is for your information!!! But when Javagal Srinath conducted a camp for fast bowlers at Srinagar, he found most of the bowlers lacking stamina and endurance!!

  • on January 14, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    What fast bowling resources every body is a medium pacer, and he talks about diet. last time i checked most of indias fastes bowlers have been vegetarian.

  • on January 14, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    What fast bowling resources and diet is this guy talking about, every body is a medium pacer. no body even comes close to shami or ishant let along varun and umesh.

  • on January 14, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    i am totally agree with@ boomslanger. Nazir is an automatic choice.What about the rest like Ram Dayal? I s quick enough?

  • crkt4evr on January 13, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    great to see cricket in JK hope good cricketers come and make INDIA proud!

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 13, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Agree with @Ratilal Lad - Ishant, Zahir and Ashwin should not be in India squad. BCCI must rotate bowling staff not to burn them out. They must look at J&K bowling talent, including Rasool for ashwin. It looks like there's an abundance of fast bowling talent in J&K. Why don't our Selectors look at those players and give them a chance, instead of selecting non-performers like Ishant and old horses like Zak??

  • boomslanger on January 13, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Recently watched some of the J&K bowlers in action and was most impressed by them. Specially young Umar Nazir. I do not know much about his background and cricinfo does not have much stats on him. Was surprised he did not represent India U19! In the Morkel mold, he is genuinely quick and regularly hits the deck to get the ball to seam and bounce. Indian selectors should take a look at him and immediately draft him into some sort of a finishing school for fast bowlers. We could have a genuine fast bowler in the team in the next few months. There are other quick bowlers in the state who could potentially be India prospects in the near future. I am so chuffed and excited about this tall bowler that I wish I could somehow get in touch with the Indian Selectors and tell them to head North to take a look at the incredible talent there! Kashmir could potentially become India's fast bowler 'factory'. A quartet of Nazir, Shami, Aaron and Pandey would give the world something to think about

  • on January 13, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    It has been a good year for J&K cricket. Taking wickets in the C band [plate zone] is very different from picking wickets against teams like Karnataka, Mumbai, UP and Delhi. Now that they have the experience, they must consider playing local league in Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore to hone their skills. IPL will happen when they can showcase their talent on a broader canvass. They must be J&K cricketers in mind and spirit and not in isolation.

  • on January 13, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    J&K has started making headlines which is a good thing. Breaking the ranks is not easy especially in a system like ours where the emphasis is on rotating tried players again and again rather than pitch in boldly for new players unless there is some desperation. Players like Rasool and Beig may get their visibility initially thru IPL (which is more performance and team balance centered) and then put pressure on BCCI for selection. I hope no one holds it against them just because they are from J&K. If they do it is a shame and defeats the very purpose of calling J&K as a part of India and wanting it to remain as one.

  • on January 15, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    @sundar rajan This guy is alluding to his diet, being from kashmir I assume, he is implying that being non vegetarian makes them fast, my point is that most of our fastest bowlers have been vegetarian and have been better then the non vegetarians. Also all the bowlers from JK are medium pacers, so noting to brag about there.

  • on January 15, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    @Connan Doyle, Fast Bowlers from Kashmir are not Vegetarians!! this is for your information!!! But when Javagal Srinath conducted a camp for fast bowlers at Srinagar, he found most of the bowlers lacking stamina and endurance!!

  • on January 14, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    What fast bowling resources every body is a medium pacer, and he talks about diet. last time i checked most of indias fastes bowlers have been vegetarian.

  • on January 14, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    What fast bowling resources and diet is this guy talking about, every body is a medium pacer. no body even comes close to shami or ishant let along varun and umesh.

  • on January 14, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    i am totally agree with@ boomslanger. Nazir is an automatic choice.What about the rest like Ram Dayal? I s quick enough?

  • crkt4evr on January 13, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    great to see cricket in JK hope good cricketers come and make INDIA proud!

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 13, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Agree with @Ratilal Lad - Ishant, Zahir and Ashwin should not be in India squad. BCCI must rotate bowling staff not to burn them out. They must look at J&K bowling talent, including Rasool for ashwin. It looks like there's an abundance of fast bowling talent in J&K. Why don't our Selectors look at those players and give them a chance, instead of selecting non-performers like Ishant and old horses like Zak??

  • boomslanger on January 13, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Recently watched some of the J&K bowlers in action and was most impressed by them. Specially young Umar Nazir. I do not know much about his background and cricinfo does not have much stats on him. Was surprised he did not represent India U19! In the Morkel mold, he is genuinely quick and regularly hits the deck to get the ball to seam and bounce. Indian selectors should take a look at him and immediately draft him into some sort of a finishing school for fast bowlers. We could have a genuine fast bowler in the team in the next few months. There are other quick bowlers in the state who could potentially be India prospects in the near future. I am so chuffed and excited about this tall bowler that I wish I could somehow get in touch with the Indian Selectors and tell them to head North to take a look at the incredible talent there! Kashmir could potentially become India's fast bowler 'factory'. A quartet of Nazir, Shami, Aaron and Pandey would give the world something to think about

  • indicricket on January 13, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    On the road paved by the efforts Qayoom, Beigh.... there will others who will walk into in the Indian team, I am sure.

  • himanshu.team on January 13, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    I hope this year acts as a landmark year for J&K cricket. If what is being said is true about 5 other pacers who deserve a place in Ranji teams, then I do hope that BCCI does something to have them in one of the other teams. Most teams at the moment do not have quality pacers in their squad. I am particularly troubled by this fact " my government job didn't allow me to play for a different state". If J&K players want to make it to the Indian team, they must leave their home state at some point, whether to play for other states or for the country. I can fully understand that it has had a troubled history and if one gets a decent government job, he would want to stick to it. But a job in railways, services, or other state or central PSUs is just as good if not better. I hope to see a fast bowler from the valley leading India's fast bowling department one day.

  • Percy_Fender on January 13, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    JustAnObservation's observations hit the nail on the head. I absolutely agree with questions raised by him. Ishant Sharma has been selected again and again over the years despite him showing not a trace of improvement or consistency in pace or variations. Maybe that is because on his first tour to Australia Ricky Ponting spoke highly of him. Incidentally, Ricky spoke highly of Dinda as well after playing for the same team in the IPL namely the KKR. Rohit Sharma was given a sickeningly long rope by Dhoni and co despite several failures in the quest for his God given talent to flower. Yet Pujara and Rahane do not get a look-in into the ODIs despite the solidity they provide apart from the pace at which they score.

  • on January 13, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Ishant, Zahir and Ashwin should not be in India squad. BCCI must rotate bowling staff not to burn them out. They must look at J&K bowling talent, including rasool for ashwin. Ishant and zhir look like tired lot.

  • JustAnObservation on January 13, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    @vinay orpe I disagree that India's selection policy is not flawed. How can Ishant continue to get selected for each tour and each game despite a pathetic record? How can Ashwin get selected for overseas tour despite a string of poor performance? How come only a few players a given a long rope in the name of maintaining consistency while others are dropped after a game or two? How come only a few players like Raina, Ishant, etc get re-selected while others have to slog out to attract attention? Why is age a barrier for certain players like Wasim Jafar while others can play even in their late 30s? Why are players like Rishi Dhawan or Beigh not even considered despite a good performance for years, while someone like Ishant has a guaranteed place irrespective of performance? Does one's place of employment play a role in selection?

  • Sachit1979 on January 13, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Great sign for J&K Cricket and future of Indian Cricket. I hope decision makers of Indian Cricket pay attention to these budding talents and give them more opportunities at highest level. Last year it was very unfortunate for Parvel Rasool not getting chance to even debut despite being selected in the squad.

  • on January 13, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Umar Nazir Should be taken to any IPL Team immediately.He is a rare talent.

  • Sir_Ivor on January 13, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    I can understand the scepticism of many of the comment makers here when they consider the chances of individual players of a team which is playing in the lowest class. But I would like them all to remember that if there is a 19 year old young man who is 6'-6'' tall and is playing cricket and most importantly is a fast bowler who is already turning the speed gun red, it doesn't matter really which group he is languishing in. I remember having seen the 7'-2'' Mohd Irfan of Pakistan some three years ago when he was more impressive because of his enormous hieght than his bowling. He used to bowl the odd ball even at 140 kmph then. I saw the same Irfan in Bangalore opening the attack for Pakistan. His action reminded of Wasim Akram's a little and he bowled consistently above 145 kmph. What is more, he was accurate as well. Even more he had picked up a bit of sledging from his early genial demeanour that comes to people from the tribal areas of Pakistan. Umair is invaluable I feel.

  • sgd120 on January 13, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    I wonder whether there is scope within the rules of administration of cricket to allow collaborations, or partnerships - for example, Mumbai could form a partnership with J&K, thereby allowing one of their bowlers to play for Mumbai, in return, they would provide them with a decent batsman. There would be lots of learning both ways, but rather than individuals choosing to play elsewhere, it would be nice for the cricket boards to come up with strategic partnerships. There is the possibility of loaning players as well, but I think partnerships are probably better.

  • on January 13, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Baigh bhai. Dont feel bad. India had a flawed selection policy until some time back. No more... No one can discriminate against players from J & K. Bangar may have told you you spoiled career for different reason.. I can only understand him from different perspective. When a player plays well but team does not win, the players efforts dont get highlighted. Saying same thing in other words.. Players who contribute in winning matches get more recognition.

    But dont loose heart.. J & K team has done very well this season.. Salute to you guys.. We all are proud of the way you have fought this season. Keep it up...

  • LongLiveTestCricket on January 13, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Would be good if they get a chance to showcase their talent with some of the IPL teams.There is a big demand for local uncapped fast bowlers due to the team structure of the IPL teams. RCB, KXIP would do well to blood some youngsters as their attack missed good domestic fast bowlers.

  • GNANESHWAR on January 13, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Umar Nazir can generate pace of 145+ He is an exciting talent and can be given a chance to play in ipl. i would be happy if he gets selected by rajasthan royals. Rajasthan royals: i am your great fan please select him and atul sharma. They would add strength to your pace department.

  • vipinchirackal on January 13, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    this is the first time they at least reach at quarter.that also by a whisker.suddenly they started to think they are great players.remember all the j&k players are overestimated players.if it is fast bowling we have several teams who have better fast bowlers than j&k like karnataka,bengal,kerala,punjb etc....j&k was playing in group c with the below average team and even there their perfromance was not so good.all top four teams came so close at the point table.so stop boasting yourself and try to improve your play

  • ashok16 on January 13, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    already the hype is starting. Besides Rasool, none of the other J&K cricketers have demonstrated talents that are obviously top level. Hopefully atleast a few of them are selected for IPL and we can see what they really are. An alternative for J&K is to go and win the Ranji trophy next time around.

  • 12thman on January 12, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Meat eaters. Plain and simple.

  • on January 12, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    J&K congrats for reaching qf of Ranji. Don't be disheartened as you guys have shown lot of talent and heart. Your performances are getting noticed and soon you will get contracts in IPL as well as in Indian National team. Keep up good work. BCCI, please provide them with good coaches and infrastructure.

  • on January 12, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Times are changing...

  • Gulzarpora on January 12, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    At present Raja Sajad is the best wicketkeeper batsman from the valley...he is from awanripora gulzarpora....select him in j& k team and see the differnce...he is physically and mentally very strong....he has also played in ipcl....real genuine batsman from kashmir..

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on January 12, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    I guess Jammu & Kashmir fast bowlers are the closest we could get to the quality of Pakistani fast bowlers.

  • Gulzarpora on January 12, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Hello...i am Ashiq wani from Gulzarpora awantipora J& k.....first of all i want to congratulate j & k ranji team who missed the race to the semifinals. Never mind it is a game and you guyz played very well and make the state proud. After the selection of Parvaiz Rasool in team India and Ipl the thought of cricket has changed in the state. In J & K 90% of young boys does not know what is ranji trophy....who selects the team and when the selection trials happen in valley..... j & k team played very well espacially the fast bowlers...j& k is full with young cricketers who can generate a pace of 150 in my disrict pulwama there are young boys who are generating pace at a speed of 150 .....umar nazir is an example from the district pulwama...i request JKCA select the best from J& k and make the state proud....held trials district wise and see the difference...

  • on January 12, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Very good to see that J&K players are coming into prominence.

    IPL is a good (and more rational) screening process. They are in the business of cricket like any of their other businesses, After buying a player, and not playing him, must have a solid reason. They are not fools with their money. They might have found someone else better. They want to maximise their ROI & will not ignore someone, just because he is from J&K. But trend is very positive. And very good. The caliber of J&K players are rapidly rising; and everyone seem to have started looking at them keenly & ready tap, if the 'businessmen' are convinced about the investment potential. It is exactly like the recruitment process of any company like ( for illustration,) Hindustan Unilever or ITC.

    And, once they do well in the IPL, the national selectors certainly would not ignore them. But they have to be as good, if not better than someone else whom they may have to ignore, since vacancies are not unlimited.

  • Sir_Ivor on January 12, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    I would like to firstly,congratulate J and K for having done so well in the Ranji Trophy this year. It does'nt matte that they lost to Punjab,a very good team,in the QF. I am sure they have much bigger honours ahead of them. Parvez Rasool has already shown that he is a very good off spin bowler apart from being a fine batsmen. He should definitely be playing in one of the formats for India. But the thing I am most excited with is with the suggestion of Beigh. I entirely agree with him that the ruggedness of the terrain and genetic influence contributes to creating fast bowlers. Young men who have the strength and speed and muscle in arm movement that makes fast bowling a natural thing. We saw Abid Nabi who was said to be really quick. But he faded away. I believe the BCCI should concentrate on J and K as the area for fast bowlers. I am sure we will have a handful of young men in winter clothes bowling at 150 kmph soon. This is a great opportunity the BCCI must think seriously about.

  • on January 12, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Agree Beigh had a good season this year, but with FC bowling avergae of 36+ against weaker teams he has no reason to think he could've played for India.

  • balajik2505 on January 12, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Well done J&K. Hope you go forward on this. A few years ago I read about a fast bowler from J&K who touched 145 with a nice easy action. I don't remember his name. It is time we looked hard at the talent coming out from J&K. Sending them out on "A" tours would be a start. Players are coming out of Vidarbha, Jharkhand and other states which were not much known for their cricket. It is time to add J&K to the list.

  • Majid334 on January 12, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    I don't know why JKCA official and its fast bowler turning all-rounder Sami and Abid are afraid of talking about the fastest bowler of Kashmir, while Umair can bowl 120+ but this bowler can ball above the speed of 140 with swing on both sides also having good bounce, yes i am talking about Mehjoor Ali, I feel present senior players don't want him because he will not left any stone untouched if they include him in Ranji side………

  • drallion on January 12, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    It is a pity that good and genuine talent goes unnoticed only because the player happens to be from some "less known" state. India is looking for good fast bowlers and yet, we find Umesh Yadav not getting a chance when he can bowl very fast and field better than Zaheer Khan. If Zaheer Khan was representing J&K, would he have made it to the national team and get away with bad fielding and horrendous sacrificial lamb kind of batting?

    Hope IPL teams will sit up and take notice of the genuine talent available in J&K. I hope that RR led by Rahul Dravid will pick up a few!

  • sharma987 on January 12, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Selectors wake up & play players like rasool in india 11 and ipl teams shud not neglect talents like those of beigh,dayal and hardeep.......plz dont waste the talents from valley...

  • sharma987 on January 12, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Selectors wake up & play players like rasool in india 11 and ipl teams shud not neglect talents like those of beigh,dayal and hardeep.......plz dont waste the talents from valley...

  • drallion on January 12, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    It is a pity that good and genuine talent goes unnoticed only because the player happens to be from some "less known" state. India is looking for good fast bowlers and yet, we find Umesh Yadav not getting a chance when he can bowl very fast and field better than Zaheer Khan. If Zaheer Khan was representing J&K, would he have made it to the national team and get away with bad fielding and horrendous sacrificial lamb kind of batting?

    Hope IPL teams will sit up and take notice of the genuine talent available in J&K. I hope that RR led by Rahul Dravid will pick up a few!

  • Majid334 on January 12, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    I don't know why JKCA official and its fast bowler turning all-rounder Sami and Abid are afraid of talking about the fastest bowler of Kashmir, while Umair can bowl 120+ but this bowler can ball above the speed of 140 with swing on both sides also having good bounce, yes i am talking about Mehjoor Ali, I feel present senior players don't want him because he will not left any stone untouched if they include him in Ranji side………

  • balajik2505 on January 12, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Well done J&K. Hope you go forward on this. A few years ago I read about a fast bowler from J&K who touched 145 with a nice easy action. I don't remember his name. It is time we looked hard at the talent coming out from J&K. Sending them out on "A" tours would be a start. Players are coming out of Vidarbha, Jharkhand and other states which were not much known for their cricket. It is time to add J&K to the list.

  • on January 12, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Agree Beigh had a good season this year, but with FC bowling avergae of 36+ against weaker teams he has no reason to think he could've played for India.

  • Sir_Ivor on January 12, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    I would like to firstly,congratulate J and K for having done so well in the Ranji Trophy this year. It does'nt matte that they lost to Punjab,a very good team,in the QF. I am sure they have much bigger honours ahead of them. Parvez Rasool has already shown that he is a very good off spin bowler apart from being a fine batsmen. He should definitely be playing in one of the formats for India. But the thing I am most excited with is with the suggestion of Beigh. I entirely agree with him that the ruggedness of the terrain and genetic influence contributes to creating fast bowlers. Young men who have the strength and speed and muscle in arm movement that makes fast bowling a natural thing. We saw Abid Nabi who was said to be really quick. But he faded away. I believe the BCCI should concentrate on J and K as the area for fast bowlers. I am sure we will have a handful of young men in winter clothes bowling at 150 kmph soon. This is a great opportunity the BCCI must think seriously about.

  • on January 12, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Very good to see that J&K players are coming into prominence.

    IPL is a good (and more rational) screening process. They are in the business of cricket like any of their other businesses, After buying a player, and not playing him, must have a solid reason. They are not fools with their money. They might have found someone else better. They want to maximise their ROI & will not ignore someone, just because he is from J&K. But trend is very positive. And very good. The caliber of J&K players are rapidly rising; and everyone seem to have started looking at them keenly & ready tap, if the 'businessmen' are convinced about the investment potential. It is exactly like the recruitment process of any company like ( for illustration,) Hindustan Unilever or ITC.

    And, once they do well in the IPL, the national selectors certainly would not ignore them. But they have to be as good, if not better than someone else whom they may have to ignore, since vacancies are not unlimited.

  • Gulzarpora on January 12, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Hello...i am Ashiq wani from Gulzarpora awantipora J& k.....first of all i want to congratulate j & k ranji team who missed the race to the semifinals. Never mind it is a game and you guyz played very well and make the state proud. After the selection of Parvaiz Rasool in team India and Ipl the thought of cricket has changed in the state. In J & K 90% of young boys does not know what is ranji trophy....who selects the team and when the selection trials happen in valley..... j & k team played very well espacially the fast bowlers...j& k is full with young cricketers who can generate a pace of 150 in my disrict pulwama there are young boys who are generating pace at a speed of 150 .....umar nazir is an example from the district pulwama...i request JKCA select the best from J& k and make the state proud....held trials district wise and see the difference...

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on January 12, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    I guess Jammu & Kashmir fast bowlers are the closest we could get to the quality of Pakistani fast bowlers.

  • Gulzarpora on January 12, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    At present Raja Sajad is the best wicketkeeper batsman from the valley...he is from awanripora gulzarpora....select him in j& k team and see the differnce...he is physically and mentally very strong....he has also played in ipcl....real genuine batsman from kashmir..