बीस पांच साल बाद, जम्मू में अंतरराष्ट्रीय क्रिकेट की वापसी का दृश्य देखने को मिला। यह खबर भारतीय समाचारों में शामिल होती है।
The long-awaited moment has arrived as the cricket bat strikes and the bowler begins his run-up, marking the end of a 35-year drought of international cricket at the M A Stadium in Jammu. This Monday, around a hundred cricket legends from all over the world will come together for the T20 Legends League, reigniting the cricket mania and spreading a message of peace in the winter capital city of Jammu.
The J&K Sports Council posted on X, “Jammu set for cricket extravaganza as international cricketers arrive for Legends League.” This event holds great significance as the last time Jammu hosted an international cricket tournament was on December 19, 1988, just before the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
The T20 Legends League will feature four matches scheduled to be played on November 27, 29, 30, and December 1. The opening contest will be between Harbhajan Singh-led Manipal Tigers and Australian cricketer Aaron Finch-led Southern Superstars under the floodlights at 7 pm on Monday. The remaining three matches will be Bhilwara Kings vs Southern Superstars, India Capitals vs Gujarat Giants, and Bhilwara Kings vs Urbanrisers Hyderabad on November 29, 30, and December 1, respectively, at the same venue.
The event boasts an impressive lineup of former Indian cricketers including Mohammad Kaif, S Sreesanth, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, and Yusuf Pathan. International cricket stars such as Shane Watson (Australia), Tilakarante Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Chris Gayle, Ricardo Powell, Dwanye Smith, and Tino Best (West Indies), Kevin O’Brien (Ireland), Hashim Amla and Morne Morkel (South Africa), Kevin Petersen (England), Abdur Razzak (Bangladesh), Ross Taylor and Martin Guptil (New Zealand), and Asghar Afghan (Afghanistan) will also be participating.
When asked about the choice of Jammu and Kashmir as the venue for this international cricket event, Raman Raheja, the co-founder and CEO of Legends League Cricket, stated that he saw it as an opportunity. The aim of hosting the league matches in smaller towns and cities that have been deprived of international cricket led them to choose Jammu and Kashmir. Additionally, the UT administration readily offered all available facilities for the event.
This cricket extravaganza in Jammu not only brings back the joy of international cricket after 35 years but also showcases the potential of smaller towns and cities to host such grand events. It is a testament to the passion and love for cricket that exists in every corner of our country. Let us embrace this moment and celebrate the spirit of the game.