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IPL: Young Kashmiri pacer called for trails by Mumbai Indians

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Aim is to become part of the team: Mujtaba

Jahangeer Ganaie

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Anantnag, Jan 21: A young pacer from south Kashmir who has represented J&K at various stages have been called up for trails by Mumbai Indians, a team of Indian Premier League (IPL).

Mujtaba Yousuf,19, a resident of Bijbehara town has been called up for trails after witnessing his impressive performance for J&K T20 team in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament.

While talking exclusively with the news agency—KNO from Mumbai on phone, Mujtaba said that he is very happy that he has been called up for trails.

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“My trails are on Friday and I am hopeful that I will impress selectors with my bowling and will get an opportunity to become part of Mumbai Indians team this year and will become a regular player of the team with my performance,” he said.

“The youth of Jammu and Kashmir are very much talented but the infrastructure there as compared to other Indian states is zero. The government must take cognizance of the issue and develop sports infrastructure in J&K so that our talented youth can showcase their talent,” he said.

“I thank my parents and other family members besides Irfan Pathan and Parvaiz Rasool who always supported me, their guidance have helped me a lot in my carrier,” he said

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Mujtaba played well in Mushtaq Ali tournament and took five wickets in four matches.

Mujtaba was also a part of Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL as a net bowler in UAE for the IPL tournament. He has previously been part of India junior camps and made his senior debut for JK last season.

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India thrash Sri Lanka to win 8th Asia cup

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India defeated Sri Lanka in a one-sided final to win the Asia Cup for the 8th time. India last won the tournament in 2018. On Sunday, Mohammed Siraj took 6 for 21 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 50, the lowest ODI team total against India.

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Anantnag’s all-rounder Rubia Syed to play for Gujarat Giants in Womens’ IPL

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Rubia Syed Sheikh, a 29-year-old female cricketer from Badasgam village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district has been called up by the Gujarat Giants for the upcoming season of the Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

Rubia is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium pace. She has been playing cricket since 2012 and has represented Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) for the last ten years. She has also played in the Ranji Trophy and Senior Women’s T-20.

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Rubia said, “I received a call from officials who told me that I will be part of the IPL team Gujarat Giants for the upcoming season.”

Rubia said her father, Ghulam Qadir Sheikh, a fruit businessman, has always believed in her and supported her. She said there is a lot of excitement among her family members and fans and every one of them wants to see her playing for the Gujarat Giants.

“I will give my best to contribute to the team’s success,” she said.

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Jasia Akhter, another female cricketer from south Kashmir’s Shopian district, was selected for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) in February this year. She was taken by Delhi Capitals for Rs 20 lakh in the auction. KNO

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Night football tournament lights up Kashmir’s Apple town, triggers enthusiasm

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Sopore is witnessing buzzing sports activities during night drawing an impressive crowd to watch matches.

Also Read: Rains wreak havoc in J&K: 3-yr-old, teenagers among 8 killed in house collapse, landslides in Kathua’s Bani

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With floodlights illuminating the field, Khushal Sports Stadium has become an epicenter for football enthusiasts in north Kashmir.

Locals told that Khushal Sports Stadium which was usually quiet during evenings is experiencing an electrifying atmosphere now.

The bright floodlights painted the stadium with a magical glow, creating the perfect setting for an unforgettable show of talent, they said.

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The tournament organizers, along with local football associations, have planned the tournament to ensure a seamless and exciting experience for all.

Enthusiastic cheers, applause, and friendly banter reverberate through the stadium as the players compete passionately under the shimmering floodlights during night.

“I can’t believe we have a football tournament under the stars. The floodlights make it even cooler, and I’m so excited to cheer for my favorite team,” said football aficionado Sameer.

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“The night football tournament has brought so much joy to our town. We love seeing everyone come together like this,” said Ayoob Ahmad, a shop owner.

A similar volleyball tournament under floodlights recently concluded in Handwara area of Kupwara.

The tournament became a major attraction for sports enthusiasts as well as locals, drawing a massive crowd to cheer for the competing teams. KNO

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