Irfan Pathan on Friday joined the state cricket academy as a mentor cum player at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Cricket Stadium, Sonwar.
Reports said that Pathan will train the budding cricketers of the valley for which he recently obtained a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Baroda Cricket Association.
The star cricketer who has been roped in by J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) Administrators and JKCA CEO Syed Ashquie Hussain Bukhari for the initial one year term held interaction with the young budding cricketers at the stadium upon his maiden visit to Kashmir.
Pathan also suggested youngsters work hard on their game in order to achieve their dreams.
“I am here for you and I will go to every district of the State to unearth the hidden talent. My job here is to help develop J&K cricket as mentor-cum-player. My most important suggestion to you is to always play with winning attitude. It is not only about big hundreds and number of wickets you take, even small contribution help your team win,” Pathan told the youngsters.
Speaking to reporters, Pathan said, “I have committed for one-year term with JKCA and it can go further depending on various factors including whether I have succeeded in for what I have come here. We have already started to work on the plan and soon we will set that in motion. J&K has got the talent and need is to give them platform and chance to excel.”