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IOK cricket team boycotts Indian army’s tournament

Srinagar, June 23, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, Kurhama Wolves cricket team from Budgam district has boycotted the Indian army’s Sadbhavna T-20 cricket tournament being held at Kulbug in Badgam. The tournament is being organised by the Indian army’s 35 Rashtriya Rifles unit in Chamboora under Operation Sadhbhavna.

The Kurhama Wolves cricket team was established in 1970 by cricketers of Kurhama area in Budgam district. It has produced famous cricketers of Kashmir like Ghulam Qadir Wani, Abdul Rashid and Gulzar Ahmad.

Members of the Kurhama Wolves team said they boycotted the tournament as an act of resistance. “The aim of organising such events is to lure youth by providing freebies such as free cricket kits and accessories during the tournament, as well as free refreshments. The army is registering teams free and the winning team will be awarded a substantial amount of money,” a team member said, adding “We will stay true to our cause till the end.”

The opening match of the tournament was played a couple of days ago. There are 64 teams participating in it. Another team member said, “The army approached us to play but we refused.” “The team also expressed its anger against the army on social networking sites. “We have boycotted the ongoing cricket tournament being held at Kulbug Budgam by the 35 RR Chamboora under operation Sadhbhavna. We feel proud of it. Army’s lucrative offers can’t buy us. Long live Azaadi… Long live resistance,” read a post of the team on Facebook.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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