Bijbehara: Promising 16-year-old cricketer Mujtaba Yousuf from south Kashmir’s Bijbehara district has been selected for a month-long camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.
Left-arm fast bowler Mujtaba was picked after his consistent performance with the ball, taking eight wickets in four matches, with a best-of-four wicket haul against the West Zone at the recently-concluded Under-16 North Zone tournament.
The son of a labourer, Mujtaba trained on very meagre resources. He feels the camp is a huge opportunity for him.
“I am going to make the most of it,” Mujtaba told Kashmir Reader. “I will work hard and make sure the camp has a positive impact on my cricketing career.”
A felicitation ceremony was held for Mujtaba at the Higher Secondary School grounds in Bijbehara town. Prominent state cricketer Parvez Rasool attended the occasion.
Mujtaba was presented with training shoes among other essentials for his upcoming camp.
Speaking to Kashmir Reader, Parvez said, “Mujtaba’s feat is a huge achievement for him and for the dwindling cricketing culture in Bijbehara.”
Saying Mujtaba’s was a “commendable achievement”, Parvez said he had been watching the youngster for a while. “And I was pretty sure he will work his way through to the top. I wish him all the very best.”
The month-long camp, scheduled to commence from August 21, will host 21 selected players from across India.