Cricket gets boost in Jammu and Kashmir

November 14th, 2007 - 2:19 am ICT by admin  
These companies are trying their level best to revive cricket in the valley, by offering incentives to prospective players.

On the basis of merit, young cricketers are given jobs in the sports quota, besides offering them financial assistance.

Participants are heartened at the offers.

“Those who used to play cricket had to leave the game due to family problems. There were no government jobs as well. For the first time, there is a future for the boys,” said Parvez Zarga, a participant.

The main task of the selection body is to prepare these players for all-India level competitions.

“In this talent hunt, there are 12-13 people who have played for the state in Ranji trophy. There are 10-11 other boys who are also very good. They are competing well,” said Arshid, another participant.

A special drive has also been undertaken by these companies to create necessary sporting infrastructure, which was gutted down in the past by insurgents.

Cricket is taken very seriously in India, where players are treated as huge celebrities, paid big money to endorse major commercial brands and put on pedestals by cricket-crazy fans.

There has been speculation that corporate interests influence selection procedures for cricket, due to which many potential players never make it to the national squad. (ANI)

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