Youngest ISPL player Sharik Yasir from Kulgam fetches Rs 3.20 lakhs in auction
Youngest ISPL player Sharik Yasir from Kulgam fetches Rs 3.20 lakhs in auction

KULGAM — A 14-year-old teenager has emerged as the youngest player to be signed by the Bangalore Strikers in the inaugural Indian Street Premier League (ISPL) as the under-19 cricketer secured Rs 3.20 lakhs in the auction.

The inaugural season of the Indian Street Premier League (ISPL) is set to kick off from March 6-15, 2024.

With a T10 format and matches played using tennis balls, the league aims to unearth emerging cricketing talent through its six competing teams.

Sharik Yasir, a 14-year-old 9th-grade student from Gopalpora village in Kulgam, is a wicketkeeper-batsman. During auction, he secured Rs 3.20 lakhs from the ‘Bangalore Strikers,’ owned by Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan.

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While speaking to the news agency KNO, he said, “My father submitted my form for the ISPL. After that, I went for trials at different places where I performed well, earning myself a green ticket.”

“In the auction, I was picked up by the Bangalore Strikers team for Rs 3.20 lakh, making me the youngest ever in the league,” he said.

He said that he plays as a batsman-cum-wicketkeeper, and his batting prowess stood out more than his wicketkeeping during the trials. “I will strive to perform my best during matches,” he added.

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“Both studies and sports are crucial in today’s era,” he said and added that due to the lack of a playground in his village, he played more in lanes than on the ground. He urged the government to develop a playground in his village to nurture more talent from the area.

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