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Irfan Pathan joins J&K cricket team..

International cricketer Irfan Pathan joined J&K cricket team on Friday as mentor-cum-player at Sheri-Kashmir International Cricket Stadium, Sonwar, here.
Pathan, who used to play for Baroda in Ranji Trophy, will now represent J&K besides holding coaching clinics in various parts of J&KThe former Indian national team player has been roped in by J&K Cricket Association administrators Justice CK Prasad, Justice Syed Rafat Alam and CEO Ashiq Bukhari for one-year term initially.
On the occasion Pathan held an interaction session with young cricketers. He suggested youngsters to work hard on their game.
“I am here for you and I will go to every district of the State to unearth the hidden talent. My job here is to help develop J&K cricket as mentor-cum-player. My most important suggestion to you is to always play with winning attitude. It is not only about big hundreds and number of wickets you take, even small contribution help your team win,” Pathan told the youngsters.
Speaking to reporters, Pathan said, “I have committed for one-year term with JKCA and it can go further depending on various factors including whether I have succeeded in for what I have come here. We have already started to work on the plan and soon we will set that in motion. J&K has got the talent and need is to give them platform and chance to excel.”
“I have heard a lot about talent in J&K and I noticed that in Ranji Trophy. Insha Allah I will try to polish that talent.”
“Most important thing is to give everyone fair opportunity to be part of J&K junior and senior teams. There will be talent hidden in small places. I have done my homework and will also be working with JKCA officials on this. I belong to Baroda and I have seen that talent comes from small places. Apart from Srinagar and Jammu we will go to each and every place to unearth talent,” he said.
Pathan said that he left several lucrative offers to take up this role as he wanted to give something back to the game.
“I will be taking along Parvez Rasool and other seniors. I will take their inputs and look for the things that need to be improved,” he said.

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