Srinagar: The inclement weather, which forces people of Kashmir to remain indoors for about six months in a year, however, would not now hamper the activities of the cricket players of the valley from this year onwards as National Cricket Academy is constructing five indoor wickets at Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium here.
The indoor wickets are expected to be ready by August this year, which would allow the cricketers from Kashmir to continue their practice even during the winter months, Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) Saleem Khan told reporters.
"Five indoor wickets are being constructed at Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium where around 30-40 players can play at any time. We hope it will be complete by August this year," Khan said.
He said the Director Operations of National Cricket Academy (NCA) and former India cricketer Sandeep Patil visited the cricket stadium yesterday to review the ongoing work at the indoor wickets.
Patil was accompanied by academy`s bowling coach Arun Bharti.
Khan said the completion of work on the indoor wickets will solve the problem of players who would find it hard to practice in the winter months.
"In winter, players are not able to practice because of severe cold weather, so indoor wickets will surely help," Khan said.
He also added that the indoor wickets will be fitted with proper heating system and a gym.
NCA was established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to "improve the standard and safety of cricket in India at all levels through high-quality specialist coaching and coach education, and optimal use and development of sports science".
Patil has assured the JKCA of all possible help from the NCA in improving the standards of the game in the state and promised to visit again in the near future to ensure that the indoor wickets are as per accepted standards.