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Are Local T20 Knockout tournaments a long-term solution?

Are Local T20 Knockout tournaments a long-term solution?

As soon as the Govt announced respite in lockdown measures and allowed the outdoor sports activities, the cricketing world in Kashmir is abuzz with activities. There isn’t a place in Kashmir where tournaments aren’t being played. Those places that don’t have huge grounds have opened Tennis ball tournaments and those who have grounds have opened leather ball tournaments. In Kashmir, from spring to the onset of winter, Cricket is played all over the nook and corner of the valley. Now, even during winters, tournaments are being played. If so many tournaments or leagues are played across the valley, the question arises are they a long-term solution in developing the cricketers for national level tournaments?

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The JKCA which is the apex cricket body in Jammu and Kashmir has failed to open leagues or tournaments on turf wickets which have tempted players to play on mat wickets anywhere in Kashmir. This mat Cricket does deter them from performing well in national level tournaments but they don’t have many options too. There aren’t many cricket academies where they could practice instead of playing on mat wickets. The money involved is another factor that tempts players to play the local Cricket. The fame involved is another factor. But what it does to a player in a long run is only harmful to him.

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In Kashmir, there are so many league’s and knockout tournaments being played that a top-level player hardly gets time to spend some time at home. But these leagues aren’t the answer to the cricketing woes of Kashmir. They don’t prepare a turf wicket despite taking hefty money from teams as well as sponsors. The quality Cricket isn’t being provided in Kashmir, everyone is behind the quantity. One isn’t able to locate a single ground where an organizing body has prepared a practice wicket for locals or even a proper dressing room for teams. There are various grounds where the facilities are good but the majority of grounds lack the facilities. So, when the time for the state team comes for all these players, they aren’t able to replicate the performances there which they have shown in local cricket. There are countless cricketers in the valley whose careers took a backseat because they involved themselves more in local cricket instead of working on their skills. And there aren’t many places in Kashmir, where 50 over or longer format tournaments are played. So, in nutshell, these local T20 leagues aren’t the answer to the cricketing woes of Kashmir. They are just there to provide some entertainment and money.

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