With no cricket taking place in India for more than six months, Sachin Tendulkar and Irfan Pathan praised the Indian Army for making it possible on a grassroot level in Anantnag district. The Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army’s Northern Command conducted a Women’s Cricket League in Dooru Town of Anantnag district. It impressed the legendary cricketers in Sachin Tendulkar and Irfan Pathan.
NGO Aseem Foundation associated itself with the Indian Army and targetted the promotion of women’s cricket and resuming cricketing activities in Jammu & Kashmir in full force. It has been stagnant enough since the last few months due to the COVID-19 situation. Rubiya Sayyed from Anantnag as well as senior journalist Sunandan Lele supported the move and as did Colonel Dharmendra Yadav.
A press release stated that it was a knockout tournament in which four teams from Dooru, Anantnag and Kulgam participated with a tally of 70 cricketers partaking.
“It was a knockout league, in which 4 teams hailing from Dooru, Anantnag and Kulgam participated. League matches were held on October 14 while the final was played on Wednesday. In total, over 70 women participated in the games,” the press release stated as quoted by News18.
Sachin Tendulkar was all praises for the I would congratulate the 19 Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army and Aseem Foundation for organising such a tournament. The 47-year old supported the females who participated in the same and admitted that sport knows no gender and only talent and hardwork.
“I would congratulate the 19 Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army and Aseem Foundation for organising the tournament. I would laud all the women cricketers, who trained hard and took part in this tournament. The beauty of sport is that it knows no gender. It only sees your talent and hardwork. Indian women’s team is one of the best in the world and who knows one among these women will soon represent the country,” Sachin Tendulkar said in a video message.
Irfan Pathan echoes Sachin Tendulkar’s words of praises:
Irfan Pathan, who was part of the 2007 World T20 winning side, has spent his time as a mentor of Jammu and Kashmir’s senior state team. The former left-arm seamer mentioned that there is no shortage of talent in the region and lauded the army and the NGO Foundation for allowing the women to express themselves.
“I have spent a lot of time and I can vouch that there is no dearth of talent in the region. I would like to thank the 19RR and Aseem Foundation for giving these women an opportunity,” Pathan mentioned as quoted by News18.