Ju0026K cricketers will practice in Vadodara for Ranji's trophy season

VADODARA: The Jammu and Kashmir team had to retire recently from Vizzy Tropy after the local Cricket the association could not contact the players due to the communication block in the state. A similar spectrum loomed over their chances of playing in Ranji's next season.

But the first-class Cricket ers of J&K team have heaved a sign of relief. They will now be practising professionally at the Motibaug Cricket ground owned by Vadodara’s royal scion Samarjitsinh Gaekwad. Nearly 30 Cricket ers from J&K will arrive in the city on Thursday to attend the Cricket camp.

“I was approached for Motibaug Cricket ground due to the situation in J&K. I have agreed to give them the ground for match practice and camp,” Gaekwad told TOI.

In addition to the repression of communication, the curfew had also restricted the movements of the players before the Vizzy Trophy.

“There was lot of uncertainty over communication as well as transportation of the players due to the prevailing situation in J&K. So it was decided that the players be taken to Vadodara for a Cricket camp that will help them prepare for the upcoming Cricket ing season,” said a J&K Cricket Association member, who has earlier represented his association in the BCCI.

“We only have a piece of land in Jammu, but it is not possible to organize all the camps and play games. We also have to accommodate junior teams. Our other teams could also have camps in Vadodara, ”he added.

Officials handling Motibaug Cricket ground will be coordinating with the J&K players who will stay in the city for the next 10 days. Motibaug offers some of the best Cricket ing facilities, including nets and bowling machines.