Srinagar, May 9: The real success of the first of its kind JKCA Talent Hunt trials, being conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) in selected eight zones across the Union Territory, is that the raw talent from even remotest areas is finding berth in the probable list.
Now, JKCA is itself reaching to the cricketers, otherwise, there was a custom that cricketers had to toil hard to reach to the JKCA Headquarters for their selection.
This was stated by the Talent Hunt teams at different zones while feeling ecstatic over the prevailing system in JKCA.
“We saw the real success of Talent Hunt by JKCA yesterday. Got raw talent from Gool Gulabgarh area on the third day of U-19 boys trials. Two boys reached the camp at 2:30 pm on the third and concluding day of the trials. However, we considered them for the trials only after coming to know that there are electricity issues in their area and they hardly get timely day-to-day information about the things. The concept of Talent Hunt deserves salutation. Hats off to the brainchild behind this historic initiative,” said one of the Talent Hunt teams on overwhelming response of the cricketers.
Meanwhile, the trials for Under-23 boys and girls began with great enthusiasm and spirit at all the selected venues accross the Union Territory today.
Over 400 cricketers from each province took part in Under-23 Talent Hunt trials.
The Talent Hunt Camp is the brainchild of Sub Committee Members of BCCI governing JKCA including Brig Anil Gupta, Member-Administation JKCA; Advocate Sunil Sethi, Member Legal Affairs JKCA and Cricketer Mithun Manhas, Member Legal Affairs JKCA.
Meanwhile, addressing media persons, Member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) JKCA, Ashwani Gupta said that it was for the first time in the history of JKCA that such initiative has been taken for promoting cricket culture and improving standard of the game in Union Territory.
He said, this process enabled even players from far-flung areas to be part of JKCA trials.
The Talent Hunt teams included Vidhya Bhaskar, Dhruv Mahajan, Amit Pal Singh, Sanjay Sharma, Inderjeet Singh and Harsh Nayyar (Men), Payal Choudhary, Veena Sharma and Anita Gupta (Women), GGM Science College Jammu; Jagtar Singh, Suresh Singh, Gurupratap Singh and Pawan Sharma (Men). Pratibha Bhasin, Anju Gupta and Richa Trisal (Women) Sports Stadium Poonch.
Ranjeet Bali, Rakesh Koul, Akshay Khajuria and Bharat Sharma (Men), Surabhi Dadheechi, Pooja Sharma and Madhu Bandral (Wome) SMVDSB, Katra; Vikrant Taggar, Surjeet Singh, Vivek Singh and Shafqat Malik (Men) Madhu Sharma, Rajni Sharma and Anuradha Sharma (Women) Bhaderwah.
Arshad Bhat, Fayaz Hazari, Shabir Kanth and Hilal Ahmad (Men) Masrat Ahad, Qurat-ul-an and Saima Rashid (Women) North Zone;
Irshad Hassan, Asif Jeelani, Obaid Haroon and Farooq Akhoon (Men) South Zone
Manzoor Dar, Huwaid Ronga, Imran Haroon and Zahoor Sofi (Men), Kounsar Ali, Ravinder Kour Parveen Akhtar (Women) Central Zone; Masrat Ahad, Sumaya and Elizabeth Mumtaz (South Zone).
Former First Class Cricketer Ashwani Gupta is the Talent Hunt/ Tournament Incharge of Jammu Province, while Former First Class Cricketer Abdul Qayoom is Tournament/Talent Hunt Incharge of Kashmir province including Ladakh and Roopali Slathia is the Talent Hunt/ Tournament Incharge for Women in both the regions and Ladakh.
The Organising Committee for Jammu province included Sandeep Singh Singh, Veemarsh Kaw, Mohit Puri and Surekha Devi, while the Organising Committee for Kashmir province included Zahoor Sofi, Manzoor Ahmed Lone, Huwaid Ronga and Tasaduq Rashid.