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Cricket fever in Kashmir

Srinagar, Thu, 03 Sep 2009 ANI

Srinagar, Sep 3 (ANI): Cricket fever has gripped the youth in Kashmir Valley as scores of them have turned out for the Ranji trophy selection camp in Srinagar.


The Ranji trophy trials were held at Sheri-Kashmir Cricket stadium on Wednesday. On the inaugural day itself, around 200 players got their names registered for the trials.


"Earlier around 50-70 boys used to turn up but for the first time around 200 boys have come here for net practice. For Ranji trophy alone there around 50--60 boys have turned up not only here but also in Jammu. The selection process is going on for Ranji and other games as well." said Saleem Khan, General Secretary JK Cricket Association.


Youth from various parts of Kashmir valley, even from the border areas like Kupwara showed up for trials. Those participating are really happy to have got opportunity to showcase their talent.


"More and more talent is coming forward for cricket. Besides, parents are also backing their children now and encouraging them to join cricket. This is good for cricket and new talents are also getting opportunity," said Omer Alam, a youth participating in Ranji trials.


The trials will continue for 11 days. The intended players can directly participate and need not have any club affiliation.


The players who perform will be short-listed.


Ranji trophy trails are being organized by the Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) with the help of the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI)(ANI).


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