I sacrificed three contracts for J and K coaching, says Irfan Pathan
Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan revealed that when he joined Jammu and Kashmir cricket team as mentor cum-coach, he had three different contracts that would have given him a vast wealth, on Saturday.
During an Instagram Live session with Suresh Raina on Saturday, the former all-rounder said when he was asked to share his experience of coaching the J&K team he had those contracts.
“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,”
“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.
Raina said: “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.”
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star, Raina said that he has witnessed the improvement in the team after Pathan’s took over the team.
“During a match, the planning and discipline of the team impressed me. The way you supported them was amazing,” he added.
Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) appointed Pathan to play the role of player-cum-mentor for the state’s senior team. Then the state team decided to extend his services by one year in after he took over in 2018 to 2019.
Pathan shared some names from the state team who will surely become great players with time being.
“If J&K cricket has to taste success in the future, then there is no better leader than Shubham Pundir. Shubham Khajuria is the best batsman in the state. He is the second Rayadu (Ambati Rayudu). Salim Mustafa and Rasikh Salam have great future ahead,” Pathan said.
Pathan announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in January 2010. Meanwhile, Raina would have been in action for CSK if the Indian Premier League had commenced to schedule. But the tournament has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic across the globe.