SRINAGAR: The Chinar Corps conceptulised a Mega Cricket Event in the Kashmir Valley during the summer of 2011 which was translated as ‘KPL- Chinar Cup-2011’. The singular aim of this Cricket tournament was to positively involve the youth of the valley and enhance their existing cricketing standards.
This was organised under the Indian Army’s Sadhbhavana program in conjunction with the J&K State Cricket Board and the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. The Phase-I of the tournament was conducted at district level wherein, 193 teams participated in over 300 matches. In Phase-2, a total of 14 teams represented all Districts and played 50 matches. The initiative received the fullest support of Jenab Omar Abdullah, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Jenab Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister and Jenab RS Chib, Hon’ble Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs.
To honour the commitment of the Chinar Corps to the youth of the Valley and channelize their vigour and passion in cricket, Lt Gen SA Hasnain, AVSM, SM, VSM**, GOC Chinar Corps once again envisioned to send the top cricket teams of the Valley to select places in the country. This will also give wide exposure and a life time opportunity to the youth by playing Cricket with other teams in the country.
The Chinar Corps has now planned three National Integration cum Sports Tours as part of Indian Army Sadhbhavana. Three Cricket teams i.e Srinagar ‘Sher Dils’, Srinagar ‘Shah Jahans’, the winners & runners up of KPL-2011 and the Sher-e-Kashmir University Team are being sponsored to visit Kolkata, Chennai and Jamshedpur respectively, to play exhibition matches with the Rotary Club and other prominent teams of these cities.
The Kolkata Tour will include a match at the famous Eden Garden. Each team comprises of 14 players, one Manager and one Coach. The tours are being launched on 02 and 03 Jan 2012. At each location three to four matches will be played. Clubbed with this the players would also visit places of historical / educational / tourist interest and various industrial complex. It would give the young players a glimpse of the development in educational and industrial fields and career opportunities available in the country. The players are carrying Chinar Saplings as gifts to the cities they are visiting.
Considerable enthusiasm and excitement was seen among the budding Cricket players of the Valley when the tours were flagged off by Mr RS Chib, the Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture & Youth Affairs (J&K) and Lt Gen SA Hasnain, AVSM, SM, VSM**, GOC Chinar Corps on 02 Jan 2012 from Badami Bagh.