Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Assocation (JKCA) on Sunday roped in legendary spinner Bishen Singh Bedi to coach the state's Ranji and under-22 teams on a three-year contract.
"We have signed a contract with one of the greatest left-arm spinners (Bedi) to coach our upcoming cricketers and inspire our senior cricketers to achieve excellence," JKCA president Farooq Abdullah told reporters.
Abdullah said Bedi and his team will be coaching the Ranji team and the Under-22 of the state while coaches from the state will be associated with the former India captain.
"Our coaches will also learn from the wealth of his experience and then they can pass it on to local cricketers," he said.
Bedi, who was also present at the press conference, will begin his three-year deal with JKCA from August 1 this year.
He said the main aim during his stint with JKCA will be to turn the state team from just participants to competitors.
"They are not going to (just) participate anymore.
They will compete," the former India captain said.
"We will be taking these players to others cities to familiarise with conditions there so that they can adapt to changing conditions (during competitions)," he added.
Bedi said he was pleased to know that the JKCA was working on providing the right kind of infrastructure to the players from the state.
Asked what the players from the state lacked, he said, "I would rather focus on what they need. If they need a gym, then they should get it and if they need a video analyst, he should be made available."