Jammu, Nov 27: Cricket mania has gripped Jammu as many big names of the game from different countries and also from India have come here in the city of temples to play the Legends League, the first match of which was played on Monday at MA Stadium, Jammu.
The Legends League has also rekindled the hope for the people Union Territory (UT) of J&K that Indian Premier League (IPL) matches would also be held here in near future.
“A good beginning has been made by the people concerned with the game by holding Legends League matches here at Jammu,” said a senior cricket player, who represented J&K in number of matches and has played at different venues across the country.
“If everything goes well in the Legends League, pitch behaves well and the response from the people comes out to be encouraging,” there is every possibility that BCCI may consider holding IPL matches here as we have all the facilities and infrastructure required for holding IPL matches,” the senior J&K cricketer told Rising Kashmir, while wishing not to be named citing protocol compulsions.
Meanwhile, thousands of cricket fans from across the J&K UT have come to Jammu to watch the Legends League match and have a glimpse of the cricket legends.
Cricket fans from Doda, Ramban, Reasi, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, Kathua, Samba and other areas of J&K have come here to have a glimplse of the cricket legends.
“I have come from Uri -Srinagar along with 50 people to witness the match”, Mohd Rafiq said, while adding, “People from Baramulla, Rafiabad, Kupwara and other areas of Kashmir have come here to see the match and have a glimpse of the legendary cricketers”.
Although, most of the tickets were sold online, but long ques were witnessed outside the MA stadium-Jammu with people waiting for hours to get the tickets to watch the match and have a glimpse of the cricket legends.
The last international match at the MA Stadium was held between India and New Zealand on December 19, 1988.