SRINAGAR: Indian cricketer Suresh Raina on Friday met the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, and requested him to set up a Cricket Academy in Jammu and Kashmir. He also agreed to set up 10 schools, five each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions, to give professional cricket training to local youth.
“Cricketer Suresh Raina, who called on Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to set up a Cricket Academy in Jammu and Kashmir, agrees to set up five schools each in Kashmir & Jammu divisions to hone the talent of aspiring youth and train them to become professional cricketers,” J-K’s Department of Information and Public Relations said in a tweet.
Earlier in the day, the cricketer called upon Jammu & Kashmir’s director general of police (DGP) Dilbag Singh in Srinagar and discussed police’s plans for encouraging local youth to hone their sports skills.
“Indian cricketer Suresh Raina called on Jammu & Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh in Srinagar and discussed a series of plans of Jammu and Kashmir Police for encouraging local youth to hone their sports skills. He volunteered to meet and guide some cricket teams,” the police said in a statement.
After the inauguration of Jammu and Kashmir Police Women’s 2020 Cricket Tournament at Anantnag, Suresh Raina on Saturday said there is “so much more in store” for the Union Territory.
Raina took to Twitter and wrote: “Excited to be part of the inauguration of Jammu and Kashmir Police Women’s 2020 Cricket Tournament at Anantnag, South Kashmir along with LG @manojsinha_ Sir. This is just a humble beginning. So much more in store for J&K!”
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha had on Friday informed that Raina agreed to set up five schools in the Kashmir division. “Today met International cricketer Suresh Raina. He agreed to set up five schools in Kashmir division and an equal number in Jammu division to train the aspiring cricketers, particularly the youngsters from remote areas of the UT,” Sinha tweeted.
Raina, who plays for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), will not take part in this year’s tournament. He had pulled out of the league on August 29 due to personal reasons.
However, the former cricketer has wished CSK with all the success for the tournament ahead of their opening match against Mumbai Indians on Saturday. (ANI)