Team Indian left handed batsman Suresh Raina has lauded former Team India pacer and current J&K cricket team mentor Irfan Pathan for accepting J&K cricket role and bringing lot of improvement into J&K cricket.
Raina said this during a Instagram live session with Irfan Pathan.
“During your two-year stint as head coach with Jammu and Kashmir, the team’s graph went high. I have played there and followed state cricket. I felt very good that you went to the state, which was overlooked before, ” Raina said.
The Chennai Super Kings batsman said he has witnessed the improvement in the team after Pathan’s involvement.
“During a match, the planning and discipline of the team impressed me. The way you supported them was amazing,” he added.
During same live session Irfan Pathan revealed that he had to leave three decent contracts to take J&K job.
“When I got the offer from Jammu and Kashmir, then I had three contracts in my pocket. One I denied on the spot. The other was from Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and last was from T10 League. The only thing I was required is to take retirement,” Pathan revealed.
“There was no better opportunity for me to serve Jammu and Kashmir cricket. The players needed me more there. I have worked hard with them from morning to night. I have seen children bowling on turf wicket in canvas shoes. All of them were talented player,” he added.
Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) roped in Pathan to play the role of player-cum-mentor for the state’s senior team in 2018. Then the state team decided to extend his services by one year as coach-cum-mentor in 2019.