Islamabad: President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan has said that the Kashmir Super League will play a great role in the bringing AJK’s youth into the cricketing mainstream of Pakistan. The President made these remarks during a meeting with Murtaza Durrani, Director Kashmir Super League (KSL) who called on him at Jammu and Kashmir House, Islamabad.
The President who is also the Chief Patron of the KSL said that this league will be instrumental in promoting cricket in AJK, helping generate revenue. He said that now that this plan has been unveiled, it is pertinent that necessary steps may be taken in helping make this concept a reality. He added that a scheduling the events along with auctioning of the teams must be carried out by marketing the potential of this league and our local talent helping it compete with other national leagues.
President Masood Khan has said that KSL will encourage players from Pakistan and also abroad to play in the league. The President urged maintaining a close liaison with the Pakistan Super League franchise. He said that coordination with PSL will help provide the technical know-how and expertise needed to successfully launch KSL.
The President encouraged bidders from within AJK to bid for teams announced for this tournament. The six teams announced are Muzaffarabad Falcons, Bagh Badshah, Kotli Lions, Rawalkot Warriors, Mirpur Tigers and Srinagar Fighters. He said that it was also encouraging to see that the Srinagar team will be not put for auction and all teams will encourage players from Indian Occupied Kashmir. President AJK praised the efforts of the current government and especially Chaudhry Muhammad Saeed, AJK Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture. He said that Chaudhry Saeed and his ministry will be deeply involved in making this tournament a success.
He added that the government is focusing on mobilizing all available resources in promoting a culture of sports in AJK. He said modern sporting facilities are being made throughout AJK in order to encourage the youth in engaging in healthy and positive activities. The President commended the organizers of this league for taking up this bold step and assured his full cooperation in making this league a success.