Srinagar, February 29: The playground of the Youth Sports Hostel in Kashmir has become a venue for women cricket practice in Kashmir.
The change has been affected by Sakina Akhter, a lady cricket coach posted in Kashmir University. It is only because of her, regular women cricket camps are being organised in the campus and almost every morning girls in white uniform are seen at the nets.
32 years old, Sakina has emerged as a hope to the girls who have left passion of cricket halfway to fill social obligations. She is Valley’s first qualified woman cricket coach and has received training from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). She got in KU in the year 2009.
Talking about her journey in the sport, Sakina told the Tribune that achieving the feat has not been easy and it took her 15 years of toil and constant social struggle in the conservative Kashmir to reach where she is now. She loved cricket since her childhood and used to play with the boys of her locality. But as she grew up, she was restricted to play with boys by her family. However, this did not minimize her love for cricket and she started practicing inside the four walls of her home.