J&K cricket structure set for revamp

In a bid to revamp its command structure of political and legal muddles, the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) has decided to bring in a host of changes.

The imminent appointment of former India captain Kapil Dev and India international Irfan Pathan is expected to revamp the administrative structure at JKCA.   -  B. Jothi Ramalingam

In a bid to revamp its command structure of political and legal muddles, the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) has decided to bring in a host of changes.

Ashiq Ali Bukhari, former DIG of Jammu & Kashmir Police, was appointed CEO in December and will be reporting to BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA). 

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Overhauling the old selection panel, JKCA has posted advertisements seeking new candidates. “We want to start a new process as far as selection committee is concerned. We have already invited applications from the former cricketers,” Bukhari told Sportstar during a chat on Monday. The entire process will comply with the Lodha Committee recommendations.

Scouts will travel across the state to step up the search for talent. “We will soon start camps at various districts and based on those camps, the young cricketers will be selected. Our idea is to develop the game in the state,” Bukhari said.

The CEO recently met former India captain Kapil Dev and India international Irfan Pathan in New Delhi. “Both of them have huge experience and it would be really appreciated if they are associated with Jammu and Kashmir cricket,” Bukhari said.

“Things should be finalised in a few weeks. It would be good if they come on board. We want to get things sorted before the Vijay Hazare Trophy begins. It would be good for us as we would be able to prepare for the next season quite early,” he added. 

The JKCA will hold a meeting on Wednesday to take stock of its progress.