Bishan Singh Bedi has stepped down as the coach of the Jammu and Kashmir cricket team. Bedi's stint as coach has come to an end after a tumultuous season where the team failed to build on two consecutive outright wins in their history for the first time ever, and problems persisted off the field as well.
In a report in Kashmir Reader, Manzoor Wazir, the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) treasurer, said Bedi had requested that he be relieved of his role. "Yes, we have accepted his request to relieve him due to his personal choice. We really respect his stature and contribution to the J&K cricket," he said. "We haven't sacked him, but he had written to the worthy president Dr Farooq (Abdullah) sahib that he won't continue with the job and we have accepted his request."
Bedi's appointment in 2011 was considered a high point in Jammu and Kashmir cricket, but things turned sour over the last Ranji season despite two outright wins and three draws in eight matches.
Problems off-field didn't help matters, the low point coming in November 2012 during a Ranji match against Andhra when players from Kashmir boycotted the match accusing JKCA officials, including Bedi, of favouring Jammu players. The situation worsened when Wazir tendered his resignation, which was rejected, before things came to an even keel.
The high-point of Bedi's tenure remains the rise of Parveez Rasool, the offspinner whose quick climb through the ranks made him a promising India prospect. In an interview with Wisden India in February, Rasool, who has earned a place with the Pune Warriors in the IPL - the first player from J&K to do so - had attributed his rise, in no small measure, to Bedi.
"The first time he watched me in the nets and saw my bowling action and release, he told me that I had a very clean action and that my release was very good, and that I was the best offspinner in Jammu & Kashmir," he had said. "He has always been motivating and encouraging me since, and he told me to believe in myself, that I could bowl to anyone and get anyone out. He said I could even get an India cap. After hearing someone like Bishan Singh Bedi say that to me, I decided to work even harder, not only on my bowling but on my batting as well."