Indian skipper Dhoni arriving in Kashmir valley

Srinagar: In an attempt to promote sports in the valley, Army is contemplating to invite the captain of the Indian cricket team Mahinder Singh Dhoni on the occasion of the qualifying finale of the KPL tournament to be played at Baramulla on Sunday. Sources revealed to KNS that M S Dhoni has been approached by the Army and he was likely to arrive here to watch the final match of the qualifying round at Shoukat Memorial College in Baramulla on Sunday. “We have been told that MS may be coming on Sunday, for which arrangements are being done”, the source added. Presence of the high profile cricketer is seen to not only promote the game but also would help in promoting the KPL at the national level. However, a senior officer in the district administration told KNS that army was still to get confirmation from the star cricketer. “They are still waiting for MS’s confirmation, but yes they are trying to get him here”, asserted the Officer. Kashmir Premier League was launched by Army in collaboration with state government last year in order to promote cricket and help budding cricketers get noticed by the national selectors apart from the IPL franchisees. The qualifying round of the tournament is being played in all districts of the valley, where from 2 top teams will make it to the premier league which gets underway from June 5. At least 33 teams from different areas of Baramulla district are participating in the qualifying event which has now reached Semi Final level. The final match is scheduled on Sunday, June 3. Meanwhile a senior Army Officer Tuesday evening told KNS that Dhoni has accepted invitation and he will be coming on June 3. “Yes his arrival is now confirmed. He will be in Baramulla at the Finals”, asserted the Officer. KNS


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