Anantnag: Amir Hussain Lone, the captain of Jammu and Kashmir Para Cricket team, has been selected to play for India in an upcoming cricket tournament to be played in Lucknow next month.
He has become the second cricketer from J&K to play international cricket, after Kashmir’s cricketer Parvez Rasool.
Interestingly, Rasool and Lone both hail from Bijbehara town of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Lone, who also heads the JK Para Cricket Association, told Kashmir Reader that he was “overwhelmed” at his selection.
“I hope I am not the last one to achieve the feat. I hope my selection opens doors for other aspiring Para cricketers to achieve what I have achieved,” Lone said.
Lone was handicapped in childhood after an accident at his father’s saw mill chopped off both of his arms.
“I have overcome every hurdle with the help of my family. But off late the media fraternity has been very kind to me. The kind of coverage they have given me is humbling,” Lone said.
His family is equally excited at the prospect.
“We never thought he will come out of his disability this strong and this determined. We are immensely happy for him,” Lone’s family said.
Out of favour India cricketer Parvez Rasool has also congratulated Lone on his selection.
“It’s truly heartwarming what he has achieved despite the hardship he had to face. The fact that he comes from Bijbehara makes his feat all the more special for me,” Rasool told Kashmir Reader over phone.