Cricket in Jammu & Kashmir has been hit hard due to a plethora of problems.Non-stop violence, which has witnessed a rise in recent times, a financial scam in 2012, floods, and then the internal politics of the Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) has left the development of cricket in the state severely paralysed.
Amid this gloom, the budding cricketers of the region have a ray of hope to look forward to. 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.
Ranjeet Kalra, JKCA’s re presentative 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.”
In 2014, a massive flood destroyed all three of J & K’s grounds. 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.