Ranji player Rubia Syed is elated to be back on the pitch to play cricket after a gap of over 11 months. Syed, captain of Anantnag XI, an all-female cricket team from the city in Jammu and Kashmir, will visit Pune to play friendly exhibition matches from Saturday. Organised by the Pune-based Aseem Foundation and 19 Rashtriya Rifles (SIKH LI) of the Indian Army, the exhibition matches between teams from the two cities will be held between February 6 and February 13 at different venues.
“We had conducted the Dooru Premier League last October, where five teams had participated, of which the winning team will be coming to Pune. It is a friendship trophy so although it is an exhibition match, we also want them to carry something positive back. Our idea is to basically motivate them as it is very courageous of these players to pursue their passion for cricket. The 19 Rashtriya Rifles has been supporting the girls and after a joint conversation with them, we decided to conduct the matches,” said Sarang Gosavi, founder of Aseem Foundation.
Gosavi said the aim was to showcase the talent of the cricketers to the rest of India. “Women of Kashmir have always been at the forefront… their talent can be recognised by a spectator who can help the girls play for professional teams and clubs,” he said.
After the Anantnag XI plays against teams at Varroc Academy in Chinchwad and HK Bounce Cricket Academy, they will play their final match at Nehru Stadium on February…