Kapil Dev, Irfan Pathan offered roles in J&K cricket

CEO of JKCA, Ashiq Ali Bukhari met with Kapil and Irfan Pathan in New Delhi late on Wednesday to ‘officially’ offer them roles in the Jammu and Kashmir cricket team.

Kapil Dev and Irfan Pathan after their talks with J&K CEO Ashiq Ali Bukhari in New Delhi on Wednesday.   -  Special Arrangement

Officials from Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association met Kapil Dev and Irfan Pathan in New Delhi on Wednesday and sought their services for the development of cricket in the Valley. While the JKCA wants Kapil to join as a mentor, Irfan has been given the option of joining as a player-cum-mentor.

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JKCA CEO Ashiq Ali Bukhari, who met the two in New Delhi to offer them roles, said their presence would help revive the cricketing structure in Jammu and Kashmir. “We have had a long discussion, and we have given our offers to both Kapil saab and Irfan. We are hoping to officially close the deal in the next few days,” Bukhari said.

If the deal materialises, Kapil will come to Jammu and Kashmir in regular intervals to scout talents and look after the overall development of the game across all groups. Irfan, however, will work with the Ranji Trophy side as a player-cum-mentor and will “work on a day-to-day basis.”

“There have been talks with them (the JKCA) yesterday and I still want to play for three years,” Irfan Pathan said. But he was also keen on being a mentor to youngsters.  “I want to play a mentor role to the young players while sharing the dressing room with them. The idea is to inspire the youngsters. There are lots of plans,” Irfan, who last donned the India cap in 2012, added.