International cricketer, Parvez Rasool inaugurated the Banihal Premier League at Banihal amid much fanfare on Friday.
Apart from hundreds of fans, Deputy Commissioner, Tariq Hussain Ganai, Additional SP Mantatak Chaudhary and architect Danish Farooq Mir and other Army personnel and officials were present.
Parvez inaugurated the 5th edition of the league by cutting the ribbon in the presence of Deputy Commissioner and other officers. The crowd present on the occasion went into frenzy with everyone trying to get a selfie with the cricket star.
It is fifth edition of Banihal Premier League and in it around 32 teams are taking part.
The tournament is organized by local young cricketers Danish Farooq Mir and his other colleagues.
Speaking to media, Parvez Rasool said that there is a lot of cricket skills in the youth of Jammu and Kashmir and need is to do much more now in the cricket sector. He said that despite lack of basic facilities and guidance, young players here are also interested in playing cricket and those who want to play cricket are going out on their own and are learning cricket and because of their talent.
He said that there is still much to be done to foster the game in the State and to highlight the talent of the State. In response to a question, he said that he is hopeful for his return to the Indian cricket team, and he is working hard and performing well.
He said that he would like to go to every field and area where youth are interested in cricket. He said that in the Banihal, youngsters play good cricket and despite lack of infrastructure they play a good game.
He said that, his performance in the Ranji Trophy and Bangladesh Cricket League has been very good and he is also working hard to perform well.
He said, "I will be performing well and giving opportunity in the team is in the hands of the selectors."