The land of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most beautiful destinations in the country, however the territory has been plagued with terrorism, attacks and unrest and divide among the civilians many of whom have been at constant loggerheads with the army. In such a situation the condition of the youth in this territory is one we all sympathize with, they have been pushed into protests and mass activities instead of providing them with opportunities to showcase their talents and develop skills. The Indian army has taken a step to support this cause; the army has sponsored the creation of a cricket academy which is located in Lower Gund area of the Banihal district. The academy has been built with the purpose of nurturing and promoting local talent, and thereby supporting young cricketing aspirants to make it big.
The first and the only Indian international cricketer from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Parvez Rasool inaugurated the cricket academy. State Times, a local daily reported that the event was attended by hundreds of locals along with some budding cricketers from the area. The academy is said to have all the required facilities along with a full-fledged international standard turf, which has been imported.
The Banihal Premier League, a local cricketing tournament which is into its fifth edition and consists of 32 participating teams was also launched by Rasool. During his interaction with the press Rasool appreciated army’s efforts in setting up the academy, and was of the view that a lot more needs to be done to develop the game in the state.
On being quizzed about his chances of returning in India colours the all-rounder was confident of performing to his potential if given a chance. “I will be performing well and giving opportunity in the team is in the hands of the selectors,” Parvez was quoted as saying by Greater Kashmir
Rasool the first cricketer from the valley has represented India in one ODI and one T20I game; he also has had stints with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The development of this multi-facility cricket academy will help in grooming young talent from the northern state and will also aid in supporting the dreams of hundreds of budding cricketers in the land.