The only sports field in Kupwara town is in dilapidated condition. The sports ground at Galizoo situated half a kilometer away from the main town is hindering the talent of the young players as it has no facility.
"I am playing cricket here for last 12 years but thecondition of this ground is same throughout these years," said one IshfaqAhmad.
He said that the district youth services and sportsdepartment Kupwara is continuously organizing cricket tournaments but there islack of facilities at the ground.
"Last year we were told that within days the work will bestarted to make it fully functional but it was a joke which the administrationis repeating," he said.
Scores of cricketers told Greater Kashmir that the callousattitude of the administration to provide the basic facilities to sportsplayers of this district has immensely failed the talent here.
The local cricketers claimed that many times the highofficials of the administration visited this ground and they assured us thatthis ground will be turned into a stadium but as usual their cold response hasdemoralized us. "The sorry state of sports infrastructure here is such that wehave only one playground and there is no other playground in the main town andthe government has failed to maintain it," another local Asif Ahmad said.
The local cricket players appealed Government to look into thesuffering which hinders their talent.
Chief planning officer Kupwara Mujeeb Ahmad said that thematter is already on priority. "Deputy Commissioner Kupwara has taken thisground in Khelo India program so there will be some investment to make it asper the sports requirements. Work will be accordingly started," he said.