SRINAGAR: The Valley’s famed Kurhama Wolves cricket team from district Budgam has boycotted the army’s Sadbhavna T-20 cricket tournament being held at Kulbug Budgam, around 5 km from the main town. The tournament is being organised by the army’s 35 Rashtriya Rifles unit in Chamboora under Operation Sadhbhavna. BJP leader Ali Mohammad Mir is the tournament’s patron.
The Kurhama Wolves cricket team was established in 1970 by cricketers of Kurhama area in Budgam district. It has produced famous cricketers of Kashmir like Ghulam Qadir Wani, Abdul Rashid and Gulzar Ahmad.
Members of the Kurhama Wolves team said they boycotted the tournament as an act of resistance. “The aim of organising such events is to lure youth by providing freebies such as free cricket kits and accessories during the tournament, as well as free refreshments. The army is registering teams free of cost and the winning team will be awarded a substantial amount of money,” a team member said, adding that “We will stay true to our cause till the end.”
The opening match of the tournament was played a couple of days ago. There are 64 teams participating in it.
Another team member said, “The army approached us to play but we refused.”
“We are dangerous in pack… We are wolves,” is the motto of the team.
The team also expressed its anger against the army on social networking sites. “We have boycotted the on-going cricket tournament being held at Kulbug Budgam by the 35 RR Chamboora under operation Sadhbhavna. We feel proud of it. Army’s lucrative offers can’t buy us. Long live Azaadi… Long live resistance,” read a post of the team on Facebook.
When Kashmir Reader contacted defence spokesperson Lt Col NN Joshi to speak on the matter, he said, “I do not know about the matter at all as I am currently out of city.”