MIRPUR - AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that Kashmir Super League (KSL) will play a great role in the bringing AJK's youth into the cricketing mainstream of Pakistan.

The President said this during a meeting with Kashmir Super League (KSL) Director Murtaza Durrani, who called on him at Jammu and Kashmir House on Thursday. The President, who is also chief patron of the KSL, said that this league will be instrumental in promoting cricket in AJK and will also help generate revenue.

He said that now that this plan has been unveiled and it is pertinent that the necessary steps may be taken to help make this concept a reality. He added that a scheduling the event along with auctioning of the teams must be carried out by marketing the potential of the league.

Sardar Masood said that the KSL will encourage players from Pakistan and also abroad to play in the league. He urged maintaining a close liaison with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise. “Coordination with the PSL will help provide the technical knowhow and expertise needed to successfully launch the KSL.”

The President encouraged bidders from within AJK to bid for teams announced for this tournament. The six teams announced are Muzaffarabad Falcons, Bagh Badshah, Kotli Lions, Rawalkot Warriors, Mirpur Tigers and Srinagar Fighters. He said that it was also encouraging to see that the Srinagar team will also be put for auction and all the teams will encourage players from Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Sardar Masood praised the efforts of the current government and especially of AJK Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture Chaudhry M Saeed, saying Ch Saeed and his ministry will be deeply involved in making this tournament a success. He said that the government is focusing on mobilizing all available resources in promoting a culture of sports in AJK.

The President said modern sporting facilities are being made throughout AJK in order to encourage the youth in engaging in healthy and positive activities. He commended the organisers of this league for taking up this bold step and assured his full cooperation in making this league a success.