David Roberts, football coach to Real Kashmir honoured by Queen Elizabeth for services in India

David Roberts, football coach to Real Kashmir honoured by Queen Elizabeth for services in India

The Scottish manager has contributed immensely to football in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the last four years or so… In what is certainly a proud moment for Real Kashmir, coach David Robertson has received a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours List for his contribution to the community in India’s Jammu and Kashmir. The BEM is awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short…

Read More

After bidding adieu to cricket career, Suresh Raina wants to promote cricket in rural Kashmir

Cricketer Suresh Raina has offered to play a role in promoting cricket in Jammu and Kashmir. Raina, 33, who announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket earlier this month, said in a letter he addressed to J&K Director General of Police Dilbag Singh and Anantnag Senior Superintendent of Police Sandeep Singh. The letter said: “I write this letter with much hope and expectation to start and promote cricket and thus provide an opportunity for the underprivileged children from the state of Jammu & Kashmir to shape their career…

Read More

Better cricket facilities would have helped me: Parvez Rasool

South Kashmir cricketer Parvez Rasool on Tuesday said he would have performed better if the state had the right cricket infrastructure. However, he asserted that things had started to improve as the J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) was on job to groom players from the grass-roots. “I could have performed better, but I stayed back due to a few things. I did not get the required infrastructure here as there were no turf wickets then. Whatever facilities are available outside, we do not even have five percent of it. The JKCA…

Read More

Rasikh Salam banned for two years by BCCI for age fudging

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday (June 19) withdrew Rasikh Salam from the India Under-19 squad after banning him for two years for age fudging and named Prabhat Maurya as his replacement for an ODI tri-series, to be held in England from July 21. “Mr. Rasikh Salam has been banned by the BCCI for two years following a discrepancy – submission of faulty birth certificate to BCCI,” stated BCCI in the press release. The paceman from Jammu and Kashmir, who submitted a faulty birth certificate to…

Read More

Real Kashmir FC takes on the might of ATK in Hero Super Cup

Fresh from its fruitful I-League season, Real Kashmir FC braces up to take on ATK, an Indian Super League (ISL) club in the Hero Super Cup pre-quarterfinal contest at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Monday. Real Kashmir finished third in its maiden I-League season, eliciting praise from Steve Coppell, the ATK head coach. He said: “I have seen quite a few of their games on TV and they are a team that deserve and demand respect. They have some really good players and they have a particular style which…

Read More

In couple of years, Rasikh Salam will be a special player: Yuvraj Singh

Impressed with his composure and control over his swing, former India batsman Yuvraj Singh said J&K young fast bowler Rasikh Salam is going to emerge as a special player in the next two to three years.“Rasikh swung the ball in the nets, that is why the boys wanted to play him. He got hit for a six and four in the last two balls. Other than that, he bowled well.” Yuvraj, who scored a half-century on his debut match for the Mumbai Indians against Delhi Capitals, said, “I think he…

Read More

Rasikh Salam, Kashmiri pacer makes IPL debut

South Kashmir boy Rasikh Salam Dar has become second ever cricketer from J&K to play in Indian Premier League (IPL) as he was included by Mumbai Indians in the playing eleven of their opening match on Sunday in Mumbai. Rasikh Salam who was picked up by Mumbai Indians during players’ auction has been handed debut by Mumbai Indians in their first match of the IPL-2019. He is now second ever player from J&K to play in lucrative cricket league after Parvez Rasool. Overall he is fourth J&K player to get…

Read More

What will be the worth of that World Cup trophy if you haven’t beaten Pakistan: Aakash Chopra

Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has given his opinion on the increasing calls for India to boycott their World Cup group stage match against Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester. In the aftermath of the dastardly Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans, the general consensus in the country is that the ‘Men in Blue’ shouldn’t play against Pakistan at this year’s showpiece tournament in the UK. Chopra, on the other hand, has said that India isn’t a ‘regressive’ country and therefore, politics and…

Read More

Rasik Salam, South Kashmir pacer makes it to Mumbai Indians

Happy at his selection in the Mumbai Indians squad for the twelfth season of the coveted Indian Premier League (IPL), Rasik Salam, a teenaged pacer from Kulgam district in south Kashmir, hopes to prove his mettle on the cricket field. “It is indeed an honour to get a chance and rub shoulders with well-known players, like Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and others. I am really pleased that my hard work is paying off,” Rasik said over phone from Jammu. He hoped that he would get a chance to prove himself…

Read More