[caption id="attachment_708632" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Rep-picture.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-708632" alt="Representative image Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Rep-picture.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Representative image Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>A man named Irfan Bukhari, who is an engineer by profession, has started the first indoor-cricket academy in Jammu and Kashmir, for budding cricketers in the state. <p></p> <p></p>Bukhari says the academy is aimed at promoting cricketing activities in the state and will provide opportunities to talented cricketers. It currently has a turf and a balling machine. <p></p> <p></p>"I was born in Srinagar, but did my engineering from Bangalore. When I came back to my hometown in 2003, then we started a small business of engineering equipments. Later on we came up with the idea of starting a cricket academy," Bukhari told <em>ANI.</em> <p></p> <p></p>Irfan was himself a cricketer from childhood and therefore wanted to do something for budding cricketers of the state. He started the academy with the help of his friends. <p></p> <p></p>The academy will also help in streamlining state wide cricketing activities, said Bukhari. <p></p> <p></p>"This academy is for budding players who want to play the sport. I would urge people to continue such efforts in other districts of the state also," he added.