Srinagar: A group of Kashmiri journalists, businessmen, and social activists on Wednesday left for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to felicitate Kashmiris who have organized a cricket tournament in the country.
The group which will be on the three day visit is scheduled to attend the final match of the Kashmir Super League (KSL) of the three-month long tournament which started in January this year. The final match of KSL will be played between Razay Kadal Superheroes and Rajbagh Royals at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. The match will start at 4:30.
KSL 2017 started with big bang in Ajman Oval, a beautiful stadium situated 30 kilometres away from Dubai in January and has reached stage for its final scheduled to be held on March 24. Hundreds of Kashmiris with their families have witnessed League matches and the stadium established in the middle of desert has turned out to be mini Kashmir where Kashmiris proudly promoted Kashmiri Culture.
The tournament, the first of its kind, was aimed to connect kashmiris diaspora working in UAE with Kashmiris living in the Valley. Its organizers had named all its participating teams after names of its localities. A total of 14 teams named after some prominent places and towns in Kashmir participated in the tourney.
The names are: Hokarsar Rangers, KhanQah Hamdans, Lal Bazar Lions, Lal Chowk Leopards, Nowhatta Rebels, Rajbagh Royals, RazayKadal Super Heroes, Safakadal Stars, Soura Qalanders, Srinagar Sultans, Pahalgam Panthers, Manasbal Mavericks, Buherkadal Badshah and Dachigam Hangul.
“The aim of attending the final is to basically appreciate Kashmiris who have organized a tournament in the foreign country. It means a lot to us and we are proud of them,” said Zaref Ahmad Zaref, a social activist, writer and satirist, before leaving for UAE. Zaref is among the 40 Kashmirs who left for UAE to attend the final match. Kashmir Reader Chief Editor Haji Hayat Muhammad Bhat is among the media corps attending the Dubai cricket festival.
The KSL league is fashioned on the pattern of Indian Premier League. This season, 51 matches were played between the participating teams.