Luckless Mohd Arsalan always ignored by JKCA
Srinagar, Feb 08: Mohammad Arsalan is U-23 top order right hand batsman from Ramhaal area of Kupwara. Arsalan was 12 years old when he joined Harbhajan Singh’s Cricket Academy and it has been 8 years when he first stepped there becoming one of the best technically sound batsman of Kupwara. But luck hasn’t been on his side, after performing every time in trail matches from U16, U19 and this year U-23 but still he has not been able to burst into JKCA team.
According to Arsalan, this year in U-23 trail matches at Sk Stadium, he was sent to bat at number 10 despite being a top order batsman and he still performed by scoring unbeaten 24 runs. After that he wasn’t given any trail match and ultimately found himself out of team. Now JKCA called him for trails at Jammu and according to Arsalan he performed better than last time in nets but unfortunately didn’t even find place in teams for trail matches.
Whenever Arsalan comes back to Kashmir for some months, he tries his hand in local cricket and this year he scored over 1000 runs in minimum local matches.
Arsalan says, maybe his remaining out of state for most of time to get used to proper turf cricket is baring him from finding place in JKCA. He says it has been hard journey for him and his family, being from a middle class family and remaining outside state for practice has taken toll on his family but he isn’t ready to give up soon.
When Qayoom Bagav came to North Kashmir to select player for talent hunt, he selected him at the first go and when he attended Irfan Pathan’s Camp, he was appreciated by Irfan Pathan there too but despite getting appreciation from everyone, he has been ignored by JKCA.
Imagine a top order batsman was sent to bat at No 10 in a trial match, then where is the transparency and justice.
Arsalan isn’t that unlucky, maybe the system has made him unlucky.