SRINAGAR: Ajaz Bhat- a businessman from Sheri-Khas- left Kashmir to pursue his business dreams a million moons ago. His first station was London before moving to Dubai which has now become his permanent turf.
He has had a telling successes in Telecom, Shipping and Media Marketing business. His business engagements haven’t put brakes on his years old passion: cricket.
Bhat, over the years, has made sure he takes the field to play the sport despite being occupied with his business commitments.
Bhat took love for the game to next level, managing and owning a team in Kashmir Super League (KSL).
Bhat’s franchise acquired the name from Shehri-Khas’ Bohri Kadal being called as Bohri Kadal Badshahs. Into its second season KSL has become an instant hit in Dubai with a lot of following over here in Kashmir.
After a telling success in the first season, the ongoing second has only added to the ever growing fan base. Bhat and co. has played a great part in making KSL a product it has become.
Bhat has been attached with the sport since his childhood.
“Like other kids I also used to play cricket from early childhood. Over the years I started to take keen interest in the game,” Bhat told Kashmir Reader over phone from Dubai.
From a player to becoming an franchise owner, it has been some journey for the young businessman. And, owning a team in the KSL fulfilled many a dream for Bhat.
“It is the passion and love for the game, which prompted me to have a team in the KSL,” he said.
Cricket wise, his team is doing great in the second edition having topped the points table to make their way into knockout stages.
He has faith and confidence in his team to win the title this time around.
“We have some exciting players in the lineup which is well led by Imran Malik. I am confident that we will do well in the coming matches and win the tournament this time around,” says a confident Bhat who has had a telling success in whatever business he takes up.
For Kashmir living in the UAE and neighbouring countries, KSL has become a magnet that has brought them together to play the sport.
” Yes cricket is the game we all love and by coming up with the KSL all (owners) of us have made sure we (Kashmiris) come together to play the game. It has been such a successful tournament so far and we have created a huge fan base across the world with Kashmiris living following the matches and scores eagerly,” says Bhat.
“The idea behind owning a team in the KSL is to provide opportunity to the young professionals who are working in different public and private sector companies in UAE to exhibit their cricketing talent,” he says.
There is a non cricketing reason that made sure Bhat and other owners didn’t need second invitation to be part of the tourney.
“The basic idea remains to bind the Kashmiri community together as it provides an opportunity to the majority of the Kashmiri diaspora living in Dubai, Sharjah not only to watch the matches and support their favourite teams but also to promote our Kashmiri culture and tradition. The tournament has also provided opportunities to many Kashmiri youths, who were here on tourist visa to settle down and get lucrative jobs in the renowed business houses here in Dubai” he reasons.
The second edition of the league was inaugurated jointly by Kashmir’s first international cricketer Parvez Rasool and by former UAE cricket skipper Khurram Khan.