Irfan Pathan, other cricketers asked to leave Jammu and Kashmir
New Delhi : Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan and other support staffs of the Jammu and Kashmir's cricket team have been requested to move out of Jammu and Kashmir at the earliest. A news report claimed that Irfan Pathan, who is associated with Jammu and Kashmir team as player cum mentor along with coach Milap Mewada and trainer Sudarshan VP will leave the state by Sunday.
"Yes, the JKCA has advised Pathan and other support staff to leave J&K. They will fly out of the Valley on Sunday. Selectors, who are not from the region, have also been asked to leave for their respective places," said, JKCA chief executive officer (CEO) Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari.
J&K team might suffer the loss as the domestic season is set to start from August 17 with the Duleep Trophy followed by the domestic fifty-over tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy. The league round of Ranji Trophy is scheduled to begin on December 9
Amid increasing tension in the valley, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association has precautionary suspended all cricketing activities and even send home more than 100 cricketers from different age groups who were camped at the Sher-i-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar.
"We’ve already sent 101-102 Jammu players, who were camping at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium, back. The situation is tense and even we are not sure what’s going to happen, so we postponed cricketing activities and decided to wait for the right time to restart it," Bukhari added.
The turmoil in the state has also cast a doubt on the matches set to be hosted by J&K during the domestic season. However, there has been no official word from the BCCI on that matter.