‘Unofficial’ selection trials create confusion among cricketers

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Srinagar, October 07: The selection trials being conducted by district cricket associations across Kashmir have created a confusion among players as they mistake these as national trials.

Earlier this week, the district cricket associations, who are affiliated with JKCA, started conducting selection trials to select teams for age-group and senior categories. As it all happened on a short notice, many of the players missed the trials, hence making them anxious if they will be neglected for the national selection.

“I got to know about the trials after the selection list was uploaded somewhere on Facebook. I was so worried, thinking I will miss the national season since I thought these are JKCA trials,” a cricketer said. 

However, JKCA said they have nothing to do with these trials and are held by district associations for a tournament.

“These trials are not conducted by us. District associations are organising a tournament for which they are probable selecting the players. It has nothing to do with national trials,” a JKCA official confirmed to KSW.

Hosted by Srinagar Cricket Association, the tournament is a joint venture of all the district cricket bodies, being played at Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium, Srinagar. Every district is playing two teams in the tournament- junior (U-16, U-19) and senior (U-23, Ranji). So, to send teams in this tournament, some districts held trials and some sent the list of players they thought is best fit. 

“It’s just a tournament being organised by district cricket associations. All districts were told to send a junior and a senior team for participation. So, some districts held trials and some sent the players who were already in the frame,” a member of one of the district associations said.