400 cricketers go under hammer as franchisees pocket players of their choice

Gulmarg: The auction for third edition of Khyber Downtown Champions League was held at a local hotel in picturesque health resort Gulmarg on Sunday.

Sixteen team owners of Khyber Downtown Champions League were huddled in a decked up Khyber owned Himalayan Resorts, to bid for almost 400 players-known and unknowns-to string together a squad of their franchise for the third edition of the T-20 league.
There was some change in bidding rules with players categorized in two groups: Grade-A and Grade-B.
72 players were slated in A-grade with 48 going to teams through sweepstake draw.
Most of the star cricketers were picked through draws as almost all the owners of 16 franchises showed keen interest to have them in their team.
The base price for players placed in category B was Rs 2500 and maximum price was Rs 23000. Around four dozen walked away with the highest price tag, while rests were sold in between Rs 2500 to 23000.
First Class cricketer Mithun Manhas was the guest of honour. Star cricketer Parvez Rasool-lone international cricketer from the state- was the star attraction at the auction. He will be playing for the Al-Hamzah Super Kings.
On the sidelines of the function Parvez while talking to Kashmir Reader, lauded efforts of the tournament organisers.
“The organizers of DCL are doing well and are providing a platform to the youngsters to rub their shoulders with the senior crickets of the state,” he said.
He also had a word of caution for cricketers saying that they must prefer to play longer format of the game as it will help them to hone their skill.
Young fast bowler Mehjoor Ali Sofi was the first player to go under the hammer, fetching the upper limit of Rs 27000 with Downtown Tigers buying him.
Speaking on the occasion president KDCL, Sheikh Ashiq said that the main aim of this tournament was to bring talent out from districts and
DCL wants to provide budding cricketers a platform to showcase their talent.
Hailing the efforts of team owner’s president KDCL said without the team support of team owners despite facing huge losses due to last
year’s devastating floods it was not possible to organize this tournament without their help.
He had a lot of praise for team owners for their whole-hearted support to make the tournament a big success.
Terming KDCL as a big tournament and hoped that to encourage sports activities at every level.
He had a lot of praise for team owners for their whole-hearted support to make the tournament a big success.
General secretary KDCL Muneer Ahmed, who also moderated the auction, termed KDCL as a ‘Dream League’ and it will fulfill all the dreams of upcoming players of the valley.
“This year’s edition is a tribute to all the youth of downtown who acted as saviors in last year’s devastating flood,” Muneer added.
Umar Mir who is the youngest franchise owner owning HK stars said that his aim was to provide a platform to young players and give them exposure.