The former Indian and Chennai Super Kings cricketer, Suresh Raina signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council on November 24. This MoU is signed for the betterment of budding cricketers and athletes from the Union Territory.
In the recent past, Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council has made various changes for the development of Union Territory’s players to progress to the National and International level. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Suresh Raina and Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council was signed in the presence of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, BVR Subrahmanyam, Nitishwar Kumar, Sarmad Hafeez, and Naseem Javid Chowdhary at Lieutenant Governor’s residence at Civil Secretariat.
According to Lieutenant Governor, the initiative will provide an opportunity to the budding cricketers to hone their skills and showcase their talent at various levels. While complimenting on Raina’s association, LG said the cricketer would be a dream mentor for the youngsters.
LG Manoj Sinha said, “With experienced international cricketers like Suresh Raina, who is an inspiration for millions of aspiring cricketers, mentoring the youth of Jammu and Kashmir. I am hopeful we will soon have many players competing to get into the national team.”
Suresh Raina, born in Jammu and Kashmir and represented Uttar Pradesh at the state level tweeted about the MoU stating, “Extremely delighted to sign the MoU with J&K Sports Council for training budding cricketers across the Union Territory. In presence of J&K Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha, Chief Secretary BVR Subramaniam, and Principal Secretary to LG Nitishwar Kumar. Great beginnings & things ahead.”
The former Indian all-rounder, who was the part of 2011 World Cup-winning squad retired on August 15, earlier this year, along with his captain and mentor Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This is not the first instance when a former Indian cricketer has associated with Jammu and Kashmir Cricket. In 2018, Irfan Pathan worked with the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association in the role of player-cum-mentor.