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Two specially-abled players from Kashmir selected for India’s cricket team

Post by on Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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Two specially-abled cricket players from Kashmir have been selected to represent India Cricket Team at International level in a cricket series against Bangladesh.
As per the Board of Disabled Cricket Association(BDCA) two players Nayeem Ahmad Malla from Aarth area of central Kashmir, while Farooz Ahmad Ganie from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district's Chekpujpora area will represent the team in all three formats of cricket against neighboring country Bangladesh.
While talking to Rising Kashmir, Malla said that he received a selection letter from BDCA for playing in all the formats of the international series against Bangladesh.
“I have been selected to play in one day international, Test, and T20 series in Indian Team against Bangladesh team,” he said.
He added that he is very excited that he got the chance to represent the country on an international platform. People from across Budgam are felicitating me and are extending greetings,” he said.
“On behalf of the BDCA and its Board members, I wish to inform and congratulate you that based on your past performance and the recently concluded four days probable Cricket Selections Camp at Hyderabad organized by Board of Disabled Cricket Association. You have been selected in the Indian cricket Team for the ODI, T20  series against Bangladesh” reads the letter sent to Nayeem by the General Secretary of BDCA, K Rami Reddy.
25-year-old Malla, has been a passionate cricketer in the district and has been playing with hitting the ball, class and cricketing skills across the cricket turf.
He said that he has already played matches at the national level and is waiting to play internationally.
It was never easy for Nayeem to get selected for the Indian team, he had been struggling financially, having poor family background and to meet the basic needs of the family, he worked as labourer and now was selling shawls at Kolkata.
But he never let his dream die. Malla kept playing at district and national level and was a passionate cricketer since his early childhood.
Malla unfortunately met with two severe accidents.  One, when he was just 6, he was crushed in between tractor and walnut tree causing him severe injury in his rib bones.
After three years, when the construction of the railway track was going on, he met with a second accident in which he lost his index finger on the spot causing him disability of hand.
“At one time I thought about giving up my dream of playing cricket, but it was my parents who encouraged me and motivated me to play again,” he says.
Malla has completed his schooling from his native village and his intermediate education from a government school situated at Magam.
“To meet the basic needs of my family, I could not continue my further studies,” he says, adding that then he went to Kolkata where he worked as a salesman and was selling shawls.
He also said that he could not leave his passion for playing cricket even at Kolkata, where he kept playing at various local events. He adds that he has already participated in national level matches and has been playing almost two to three nationals.
 “At times we were discouraged by our fellow players who were playing with us earlier, but we didn’t lose our courage and kept moving ahead, hence we proved ourselves,” Malla said.
He credits his success to his family and Rising Star Aarth (a local cricket Association) for pushing him ahead in the cricketing journey.
“I am also eagerly waiting for the day to play in the ODI, T-20, and Test matches against Bangladesh, and want to play in the World Cup 2022,” he said.
He said that they went through trials and tests in Hyderabad during which the selectors saw their skills and they were selected.
The other player selected by the BDCA is Farooz Ahmad Ganie, 30, who hails from Chek Panchpora village in Sangam Bijbehara hamlet of south Kashmir's Anantnag district.
Farooz completed his schooling from Bijbehara and bachelors in Arts from University of Kashmir.  He was a passionate cricketer from early childhood days and had made playing cricket his ambition.
While talking to Rising Kashmir, Farooz said that since childhood he had been playing cricket with normal people which include some famous cricketers of Kashmir.
“I have played with Parvooz Rasool, Aabid Nabi, Mudasir and many others,” he said.
Soon after the death of his father in 2014, Farooz met with an accident and was bedridden for about two years as his right leg received injuries causing him disability forever.
“After that I got the opportunity to play in Jharkhand, Kolkata, Bangalore Hyderabad and other places, where I was able to showcase my talent,” he said, adding that recently he along with other players including (Nayeem) were called up for trials and test camp which was held from August 04 to August 08 where he performed well.
“Some days later, I received a letter informing me about my selection for the Bangladesh Series which is scheduled to be held from September 12,” he said.
Ganie said that it was very difficult for him to restart cricket after the accident.
There were some good people who kept encouraging me to follow my passion that is to play cricket, particularly owner of bat factory Gulam Hassan Malik who runs a factory by the name United International Sports (UIS) at Chersoo Awantipora.
“I give my full credit to Gulam Hassan Malik for my selection as it is he who motivated and encouraged me for playing cricket again which otherwise seemed next to impossible to me,” he says.
He says that he struggled hard for more than four years at the national level to get an opportunity to play internationally and finally his dream has come true. At times people thought that he would not be able to walk again; such was the severity of my injury.
“Hope this opportunity will change my life,” adding that he has been felicitated by the people across the village.
He said that he has already started preparations for the tour and is hopeful that he will be able to perform well in both batting and bowling in all the formats of the game.
 “Your disability shouldn’t become a hurdle in achieving your goals and you must seize every opportunity, and must never give up,” he said.
Ganie claims that he has been selected as all rounder and will open innings for his team.
“I would serve as vice captain of the Indian team against Bangladesh in T2o and Test matches,” he said.
He had always been supported by his father to chase his dream, which is to play cricket. He says that his father always used to stand by him whenever anybody questioned about his career selection.
“I am very excited that we have been selected in the Indian team for playing International series in various formats of game,” he says, adding that he desperately misses his father who died in 2014 who always kept supporting him despite many odds.
“Had he been alive today, he would have celebrated my selection in the Indian team,” he says with moist eyes. 

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