Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar hailed the 19 Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army’s Northern Command for organising a Women’s Cricket League in Dooru Town of Anantnag district.
An NGO called Aseem Foundation parterned with the Indian Army to hold the tournament with the aim of promoting women’s cricket and re-energizing sports activities in Jammu and Kashmir which had come to a standstill for almost six months due to the COVID-19 lockdown. This initiative was also supported by Rubiya Sayyed from Anantnag and senior journalist Sunandan Lele.
“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,” a press release stated.
‘No dearth of talent in the region’ – Irfan Pathan
Sachin Tendulkar was all praise for the initiative to organize the league. ”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,” Tendulkar said in a video message.
“Indian women’s team is one of the best in the world and who knows one among these women will soon represent the country,” Tendulkar added.
Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan also heaped praise on the initiative. “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,” the former all-rounder said.
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