STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Risking the lives of young and budding cricketers, the District Poonch Cricket Association on Sunday resumed its cricket activities at a time when threat of deadly coronavirus still persists and has virtually engulfed the entire Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The district unit has resumed the activity when its governing body of Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) and affiliate union of J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) eagerly wait for the government to allow them to return to the grounds. The event, posed on a social media platform by the organisers, took place at J&K Sports Council (JKSC) administered Sports Stadium Poonch involving around 30 people, including the members of the organisers, who holds senior and responsible positions in the Government departments. Visuals shared by the organisers clearly indicate that no one, present in the Stadium, followed by the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) including wearing of masks and maintaining distance. “The J&K Government has yet to open its sports venues for regular coaching activity and those private sports and physical fitness centres have been told to remain shut till the fresh guidelines. I’m surprised to know that Manager at Sports Stadium Poonch has allowed an event to take place,” a senior Manager of the JKSC told Sports & Allied News. Adding he said, “At a time when important coaching venues in the Capital cities of MA Stadium and Srinagar, where champions are trained for national and international events, still closed, an event at Poonch is something that needs an enquiry by the district administration.” Divisional Officer of the JKSC, Ravi Singh and Manager Sports Stadium, Poonch, Nirdosh Kumar could not be reached for their version despite repeated attempts. The details shared on a social media platform read: District Poonch Cricket Association resumes cricket activities in Poonch after lockdown. The members of district association and Imtiaz Khawaja (executive member JKCA Poonch unit and support staff member Under-23) were also present on the occasion to brief the players about guidelines. The president of district association Zafar Shah said that players were keen to start the preparation for upcoming season. On the occasion, Ishtiaq Ahmed the treasurer of association and senior cricketer, Waseem Raja provide some valuable batting tips to players.
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