Jammu and Kashmir governor pushes for an IPL team from the valley

first_imgJammu and Kashmir could have its own Indian Premier League (IPL) team.J&K governor Satya Pal Malik is strongly advocating forming an IPL team from the state and has even had an interaction with Rajiv Shukla, the IPL commissioner, on the issue.The aim is to find, nurture and launch the best cricketing talent from the state. T20 format of cricket has been identified as one that is hugely popular across the state and both with young boys and girls.”We have a plan for J&K to have its own IPL team. There are plans both for a cricket and a football team but we are focusing on the IPL team,” Satya Pal Malik, Governor J&K told India Today.The government is confident sports is a great unifier and the youth in the state have a natural tendency to perform well in various fields from cricket to football and from martial arts to boxing.The BCCI is learnt to have assured the state government that it is working on a project to provide world class facilities and training to players from the state.”J&K has tremendous cricketing talent but their skills need to be worked on. The effort is to scout for talent and then nurture it. Rajiv Shukla has also assured the Governor that players from the state will be provided the best opportunities to improve their skills,” an official told India Today.Budding cricketers selected as part of the Khelo India initiative, a project close to the heart of Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore are being nurtured to improve their cricketing skills.advertisement”T20 for women for example has done extremely well in the state. Their matches are the Bakshi stadium were immensely popular. As part of the Khelo India initiative there are over 3000 players from the 10 districts of the valley who have got an opportunity to play cricket,” he added.The budding cricketers have also shown tremendous drive. There are stories of young budding cricketers braving bandh and hartal calls and curfews to reach the stadium and play, often leaving their homes at the crack of dawn.”The valley has come a long way from the October 1983 India-West Indies match at the Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar. We have lost three decades of sporting opportunities to politics over which we have no control. Now the aim is to encourage talent to play and make a name for themselves and the nation,” an official engaged closely with the project told India Today.Stories of cricketers like Parvez Rasool trained by Bishan Singh Bedi and making a big impact on young minds. “Be it Parvez Rasool or Manzoor Ahmed Dar also called the Jadeja of J&K talent cannot be hidden. Dar worked through the night to be able to play during the day. There is a wealth of talent in J&K it only needs to be nurtured,” he added.last_img

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