Permitted by JKCA to be with team whenever free: Irfan Pathan

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Srinagar, February 08: Clearing the air, J&K’s mentor Irfan Pathan has stated that JKCA adminstrator had asked him to be with the team whenever he gets time.

In an interview with Outlook, the former Indian all-rounder while replying to a query about his role with J&K cricket, said,

“The moment I am free from my commentary assignment or other work I rush to be with the team. Before Jammu and Kashmir closed down [in August] I was with them for several weeks.”

“Since I was going to be busy this season and was going to announce retirement, I had a chat with the JKCA administrator at the end of the last season and he asked me to be with the boys whenever I get time. I try to give as much time as possible to Jammu and Kashmir cricket.”

The Baroda cricketer also informed that he was involved in picking the playing XI of J&K.

“Even if I am travelling these days, I am in regular touch with them and am also involved in choosing the playing XI. I also do one-on-one sessions with the boys who are struggling with their form.” Pathan, who recently announced retirement from all forms of game, said.

Several former cricketers and cricket enthusiasts have been questioning Irfan’s role in the team as he is often seen doing commentary for Star Sports instead of traveling with the squad.