Kashmir’s Snow Cricket Generates Global Interest

SRINAGAR: After witnessing huge tourist flow in summers for the first time, the Gurez Valley in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district is yet again attracting the people from outside Jammu and Kashmir as some video clips have went viral on the social media platforms, in which the youth from the locality could be seen playing cricket over snow.

In Gurez, boys play cricket on snow and create an amazing game, KL Image by Sajid Raina

The video clips as well as the photographs of the cricket over snow in Gurez have even caught the eyes of the international cricket players.

The photographs and videos of snow cricket played on the frozen track at snowbound Gurez valley, which is cut-off since December following the snowfall and is likely to remain disconnected for a few more months, are presently viral on social media and are attracting the attention of celebrities all over the world.

Playing On Ice

An Australian batting star, Marnus Labuschagne, who plays internationally for the Australian national team and domestically for Queensland also shared the video of young boys playing cricket over snow at Bagtore with a caption “how good is this”.

Fakhar-e-Alam, a famous Pakistani actor, TV host and singer also shared the video of the cricket match played on a frozen track in Bandipora’s Gurez valley and wrote: “I wanna play cricket here with these guys….this looks so much fun..”

However, the locals from Gurez after witnessing such a response from the people on the social media platforms, hoped that the local youngsters would get support from the BCCI and other international players.

“Hope @BCCI @BCCIdomestic @SGanguly99 @IrfanPathan @ICC will support our younsters to perform on national and international level Gurez valley is full of talent needs little bit support from administration and Govt I assure starts will come from Gurez valley,” a local from Gurez wrote on Twitter.

Cricket On Ice

People of Gurez, living in the border area organized snow cricket tournaments on the frozen snow ground in a bid to promote tourism during winters in Gurez and attract the attention of the administration.

The youngsters of three villages including Markoot, Achoora and Bagtore in the border valley of Gurez, have organized three snow cricket tournaments on the snowclad ground.

Quoting locals news agency KNO reported that the only aim behind organising these tournaments is to attract the government’s attention to this area as there is a lot of potential for winter sports activities in Gurez.

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