Jammu and Kashmir pacer Mehjoor Ali Sofi has been given the No Objection Certificate (NOC) in order to get a British visa and he consequently now be allowed to play the county cricket in England after being earlier denied by Iqbal Shah who is the General secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association due to some internal politics within the association.
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti intervened to resolve this issue and gave clearance to the player. An official in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said the personal intervention of the CM led to the cricketer getting this all important NOC.
“As soon as the Chief Minister came to know about it, she intervened in the matter and ensured that Sofi is not denied an opportunity to further his career in England,” the official said according to Press Trust of India.
“She asked us to help and support Sofi in every possible way to make him realise his dream,” the official said.
“I got the NOC from JKCA after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti personally intervened in the matter,” Sofi told PTI.
Sofi has represented Jammu and Kashmir in one Ranji Trophy, 4 List A and 5 T20 matches and bowls right arm medium pace. He was invited by the Easton Tigers Cricket Club to play as an overseas player during the 2016 season.