Star Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan, Thursday, vetted upcoming cricketing talent in Kashmir during a talent hunt organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) at the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium in Srinagar city.
Pathan was appointed as mentor-cum-coach by the JKCA to lend a professional outlook to cricket in the state.
The ace cricketer asked the association to conduct selection processes at district level to develop grass root level cricket and subsequently, upcoming cricketers were shortlisted by the JKCA during a valley-wide talent hunt.
On Thursday, Pathan grilled the shortlisted players, from under-14, 16, 19 and 23 age groups, who are in Srinagar for a a two-day selection process.
“I am happy to see such a raw talent but there is no substitute for hard work and at all levels of cricket. It is basic need for performing well on the field,” Pathan said while interacting with the players.
The left-arm pacer invoked Wasim Akram and said that the star Pakistani cricketer known for his to-crushing yorkers used to train for hours to perfect his art.
“Work hard, there’s no substitute for that,” Pathan told them.
Pathan was accompanied by Kashmir star all-rounder Parvaiz Rasool.