Valley situation: Worried about families but Real Kashmir players focus on Durand opener

WEST BENGAL: Cut-off from families and relatives back home after a lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir, it was business as usual for Real Kashmir players as they trained hard amid a thick security cover on the eve of their Durand Cup opener against Chennai City.

The Government on Monday decided to revoke provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

As a result, telephone networks internet were cut off in the valley with imposition of section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure with thousands of troops patrolling the streets to maintain law and order.

The Real Kashmir players arrived in three batches on Monday evening and it was only after landing did they realise that they couldn’t contact their families.

“I’ve not spoken to my family since I left home. Yes I’m worried about my family because there has been no communication since landing here,” their star player Danish Farooq told reporters in an interaction at their practice venue here.

“But we are professional footballers. Your mind has to be ready for the match. I’m just being positive,” Danish, who trained hard despite a stomach bug, added. (AGENCIES)