All Women’s Cricket Team from Jammu and Kashmir visit National Defence Academy to promote sports

J&K women's cricket team. ©The Quint

A 14-member team of J&K Women’s Cricket Team from Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag has visited the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Pune on Friday. They have done so to promote the game and increase the value of interaction between the residents of remote areas and the rest of the country as well.

J&K women's cricket team
J&K women’s cricket team. ©The Quint

However, the initiative was taken by ASEEM Foundation, a Pune-based NGO and Indian Army, under ‘Operation Sadbhavana.’ Meanwhile, the team spent a day at NDA in Pune where they got to know of various activities in the Army, Navy and Air Force training teams as well, as per the official release.

Even, they also visited the Cadets’ Mess of NDA where upto 2,000 cadets can be served and they watched a documentary film as well on the brief history of NDA in Habibullah Hall. Meanwhile, the captain, Rubia Syed and other members of Anantnag XI team got to interact with Rear Admiral Atul Anand, VSM, Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor of NDA. The officials motivated them to do well in future too.

On the other hand, since COVID-19 put a break on everything in the world, women’s cricket was one of them. While the men’s cricket has started in full swing, women’s cricket too has started but at a slow pace. And, as far as Indian Women’s Cricket is concerned, no domestic, as well as international cricket, has been played so far. Notably, they took part in the Women’s T20 Challenge during the 2020 IPL Playoffs in the UAE.

Amid this situation, to keep the dreams of young cricketers intact, Dr Roopali Slathia, a BCCI certified coach, and her club in Jammu decided a organize a tournament when Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) or other government-led sports bodies didn’t show any interest.

“As the re-opening process started after the long COVID-19 lockdown, all the grounds were packed with boys; everyone was very excited to get back on the field. So, it was really tough to find a place for women cricketers,” she explained to The Quint when she was asked about the issues she had to face while organising these tournaments.

Meanwhile, after arranging the first tournament in a college playfield, she was able to convince JKCA and J&K Sports Council to allow her to organise the second one as well at the newly-built MA Cricket Stadium. And, it is safe to say, these tournaments are really helpful for the players to get the match practise for the upcoming domestic season, likely to begin later this month.

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