IHK cricket team boy­cotts In­dian army’s tour­na­ment

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR —Kurhama Wolves cricket team from Budgam district has boy­cotted the In­dian army’s Sadb­havna T-20 cricket tour­na­ment be­ing held at Kul­bug in Badgam.

The tour­na­ment is be­ing or­gan­ised by the In­dian army’s 35 Rashtriya Ri­fles unit in Cham­boora un­der Op­er­a­tion Sad­hb­havna.

The Kurhama Wolves cricket team was es­tab­lished in 1970 by crick­eters of Kurhama area in Budgam district. It has pro­duced fa­mous crick­eters of Kash­mir like Ghu­lam Qadir Wani, Ab­dul Rashid and Gulzar Ah­mad.

Mem­bers of the Kurhama Wolves team said they boy­cotted the tour­na­ment as an act of re­sis­tance. “The aim of or­gan­is­ing such events is to lure youth by pro­vid­ing free­bies such as free cricket kits and ac­ces­sories dur­ing the tour­na­ment, as well as free re­fresh­ments.

The army is reg­is­ter­ing teams free and the win­ning team will be awarded a sub­stan­tial amount of money,” a team mem­ber said, adding “We will stay true to our cause till the end.”

The open­ing match of the tour­na­ment was played a cou­ple of days ago. There are 64 teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in it.

Another team mem­ber said, “The army ap­proached us to play but we re­fused.” “The team also ex­pressed its anger against the army on so­cial net­work­ing sites.—KMS

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