Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has declared that he feels that young cricketers from Kashmir will soon play for the Pakistan national team, as ‘lots of Kashmir players are already playing the U-19 for Pakistan’.
His comments come in light of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) newly organized Kashmir Premier League (KPL). Inzamam-ul-Haq said that the tournament will give a platform to the rising talents of Kashmir.
“Lots of Kashmir players are already playing under-19 cricket for Pakistan. There is no dearth of talent in the players of this region. The prime issue is that they have not been getting proper opportunities and platforms so far. PCB has always tried to support them until now, but the latest step taken will give these guys good facilities, and resultantly more opportunities will arise for the players. You will see youngsters from Kashmir playing for Pakistan soon,” Haq said on a YouTube video while speaking about KPL.
“In 2 to 3 years, I feel Kashmir players could be seen playing in leagues around the world. I think after the conclusion of this year’s KPL, within a year, we could witness a major change in the state of cricket in Kashmir and also the attitude of the people there,” added Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Inzamam-ul-Haq is the coach of the Mirpur Royals team in the inaugural edition of the KPL. The T20 tournament will see six franchise teams battle it out for the winning trophy. The teams are Overseas Warriors, Rawalkot Hawks, Kotli Lions, Mirpur Royals, Muzaffarabad Tigers, and Bagh Stallions.
The Kashmir Premier League is all set to kick start today (August 6). The opening ceremony of the event will be held in Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, cricket stadium. The opening match will be between Mirpur Royals and Rawlakot Hawks.