Srinagar, January 03: Last year, this 19-year-old cricketer made giant leaps in the cricket arena by rising from being an unknown to a big star, after getting selected for India Under-19 and senior J&K cricket team. Having immense potential to turn into major batting star of J&K, this talented player has this season gone missing.
We are talking about Qamran Iqbal, who represented India at Under-19 level and also represented J&K in Ranji trophy and other senior level tournaments, last year.
The former Under-19 skipper was this season seen representing J&K in Vijay Hazare One Day tournament and played some decent knocks in the first three games. However, after that he has been missing all along from J&K teams for Syed Mushtaq Ali T20, Ranji Trophy, Under-23 CK Nayudu Trophy and even coaching camps prior to these events.
Being sure shot of being part of J&K Ranji trophy team , the tall hard-hitting batsman has not been seen anywhere during the time. Initially, it was said that he is injured but then at the start of Under-19 trials in Jammu, he was seen attending the trials, only to skip them few days later.
What is going on with the cricketer and what is J&K Cricket Association doing with him has not been made public. But if sources are to be believed, JKCA has restricted or can say unofficially banned him from the teams.
If it is an unofficial ban, then JKCA is writing the chapter of new unprofessionalism in the cricket history of this cricket body. And if there some other causes, then JKCA has failed in its role of coming clear on the issue. In both the cases, JKCA has totally failed.
Sources in J&K senior team said that during Vijay Hazare trophy, Qamran Iqbal had some issue with Irfan Pathan and since then his downfall from the team started. It is said that it is Pathan who is keeping Qamran out from the JKCA teams on the disciplinary issue.
“During Vijay Hazare trophy, Pathan noticed Qamran not being team-player in the middle. He called him and told him about the issue. Qamran kept repeating the mistake and since then he has been kept out. Senior players asked Qamran to apologise as team needs him but the youngster refused,” said a team member.
A former cricketer said that even if that is the case, he was a youngster and JKCA has no authority or morality to destroy career of this talented cricketer.
“We all have heard this story but the question is was this a bigger issue than other cricket matters. No, it is a small issue and he should have been considered for other teams. He is an automatic selection into J&K Ranji trophy team and should be part of the team. Personal grudges should have been kept aside. Seniors shouldn’t destroy careers of talented cricketers instead guide and motivate them,” he said.
Another former cricketer said that JKCA is destroying career of a talented cricketer who could have gone on to turn into a big star.
“For a small disciplinary issue, you are destroying his career and you call yourself professionals ad senior cricketers. It is shame on JKCA and those who have made this decision. It is time JKCA should come clear on the issue of Qamran Iqbal,” he said.
Repeated attempts to contact JKCA and Qamran Iqbal didn’t bear any results.