The blatant discrimination towards Kashmir Pandits in Kashmir Valley was witnessed two days ago when two Kashmiri cricketers were picked up during IPL auctions by different franchisees, but entire media and the government were gaga over the selection of only one, completely blacking out the other.
Apart from Dar, there is one more player hailing from the Valley who has been selected to once again represent the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the cash-rich competition but was not accolades with the praises that he deserved.
Siddarth Kaul will be playing for the Hyderabad outfit and was roped in for a hefty amount of Rs 3.2 crore.
Sidharth comes from a cricketing family and is son of veteran cricketer Tej Kaul who has represented Jammu and Kashmir in late 70s.
More ironical was the fact that the government too completely ignored the Pandit boy in its congratulatory message and mentioned the name of Manzoor Pandav alone. Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari on Sunday congratulated Manzoor Ahmad Dar (Pandav) for his selection in IPL- Kings XI Punjab.
While congratulating the Cricketer Pandav, Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Molvi Imran Reza Ansari on January 28 tweeted, “Congratulations Manzoor Dar (Pandav). Make Jk Proud and thanks to friends who made this happen.”
Ansari further hoped that his selection will boost the energies of youth in the field of cricket and wished him best.