Young girls keen on making mark in gentleman’s game

Young girls keen on making mark in gentleman’s game

Nazima Sidiq

Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) had announced 16-member women’s squad to take part in the North Zone U-23 Zonal League One-Day tournament features eight members from the valley with all of them upbeat to make their mark on a cricket field.
The 50-over-a-side tourney starts early next month in New Delhi.
From the valley where opportunities for women cricket are limited Rubia Syed, Fancy Jan, Kounsar Jabeen, Jameena Akthar, Urwah Hinan, Ruksana Akthar, Shabnam Akhtar and Asrah Jan have made the cut.
Rubia Syed, who hails from South Kashmir’s Anantnag town, says she wants to become an Indian player in the future.
“Cricket has always been my passion; I always felt that no other sports were meant for me. After school, I used to take my bat and go to a local play field with my cousin brothers to practice,” Syed told Kashmir Reader.
“My family has played important role for me. They supported me everytime. My aim is to become an Indian team player,” she said.
Urwah Hinan, a downtown girl, feels that it was difficult for a girl to create a niche in a sports field in Kashmir.
“It is really hard for a girl to give wings to her sports career but I never paid any heed to what people have to say. I always felt that I have talent and I don’t need to be shy of anybody,” she said.
“If you want to do something, you can’t do it without the prayers and support of your family .I was immensely supported by all the members of my family,” she said about the family support.

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