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BCCI to conduct ‘talent search’ camps in J&K

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A cricket bat and ball. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Cricket in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) has been hit hard due to a variety of problems. Instability in the region caused due to violence, a financial scam in 2012, In 2014, a massive flood destroyed all three of J & K’s grounds and then the internal politics of the Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) has left the development of cricket in the state in a bad shape.

Played have from time complained about having nothing to practice and lack of opportunity at age group levels. The office bearers are stagnant with their work. The management is so bad that according to J & K star Parvez Rasool, the state’s Ranji team was compiled one day before the tournament started.

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However, things might change slightly for the all the budding cricketers of the region as the BCCI has decided to conduct ‘talent search’ camps in Jammu and Srinagar in September-October.

An exercise like this may prevent the youngsters in the region from being sucked into terrorism and focus on cricket instead, say JKCA officials.

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Ranjeet Kalra, JKCA’s representative in BCCI, and a member of the BCCI’s Junior Cricket Committee, said from Jammu: “I had made a request to BCCI to hold talent search camps at Srinagar and Jammu, and it has been responded to very favourably.”

“I’m hopeful that the BCCI would send teams to pick our talented cricketers. Our players have been suffering on many counts and we sincerely feel that the BCCI, under its dynamic president Anurag Thakur, would extend all help to our cricketers.”

Sources say that once things are streamlined in JKCA, it would receive approximately Rs200 crores from the Board as ‘infrastructure subsidy,’ which has been withheld since the last four years.

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