Imran Ansari was elected as the president of the JKCA at the elections held on Tuesday © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Imran Ansari was elected as the president of the JKCA at the elections held on Tuesday © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) on Tuesday elected state sports minister Imran Ansari as its president in total disregard to the Supreme Court accepting Lodha Panel recommendations on reforms in the BCCI which bar ministers from becoming office bearers. Ansari, who ended National Conference president Farooq Abdullah’s three-decade tenure at the helm of the state cricket association in 2015, was elected as the president of the JKCA at the elections held on Tuesday. Ansari said it was for the first time elections to the JKCA were held in time. JKCA hopeful of support from BCCI

“At the time of taking over as president of the cricket association last year, we had promised to hold elections within a period of one year and we have done that today,” the minister told PTI. Ansari said the new JKCA team will work hard towards taking the game to the grass roots in the state so that deserving players get to represent the Association at highest levels of competition. Mehjoor Ali Sofi gets visa for UK to play county cricket

Marred by controversies in the past, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) on Monday said that it is hopeful of full support from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after MP Anurag Thakur taking over as President of BCCI. “We are hopeful that BCCI will support JKCA under the vibrant leadership of Anurag Thakur,” JKCA’s representative in BCCI Committee Ranjeet Kalra told PTI. Kalra said,”The new President Anurag Thakur is a dynamic and progressive leader and is well aware of the problems being faced by JKCA. We have been facing a lot of problems in J&K, due to floods and other recurring controversies. Our players are suffering. We need big time support from BCCI to build infrastructure and to promote cricket in the state”, he said.