Srinagar, June 11: Former Indian cricketer and J&K senior team’s mentor, Irfan Pathan, recently said that he would be the happiest man in the world the day someone from J&K plays for India.
Pathan has been a part of J&K for last couple of seasons, firstly, as player-cum-mentor and then as mentor alone. The Baroda-born all-rounder remarked he would be quite satisfied if a J&K cricketer makes it to the international level.
“The day a cricketer from J&K plays for India, I’ll be the happiest man in this world (pauses) I guess next to his parents of course! It doesn’t matter if he’s from Jammu or Baramulla or Kulgam or Anantnag. ,” Irfan Pathan told The Kashmir Monitor in an interview.
Irfan revealed that when a few of J&K cricketers made it to the Indian Premier League (IPL), even his family celebrated.
“When these boys made it to the IPL teams, everyone at my home was celebrating too.” He said.
Thus far, only Parvez Rasool has played for Indian cricket team from J&K, while a few appeared in IPL for different franchisees.