Srinagar: Captain of the Jammu and Kashmir para cricket team Amir Hussain Lone has been picked to represent India at the international level, making him the second cricket player from Kashmir to bag the honour. Lone, who is also the president of the Jammu and Kashmir Para Cricket Association, confirmed the news.
Coincidentally, Lone is also from Bijbehara town of south Kashmir, the home town of Parvez Rasool, who became the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play for India at the international arena. “It’s a great honour and apart from my family members, I think the media has played a huge role into making me what I am today,” Lone said.
The 27-year-old is excited at the prospect his selection in the Indian national team is going to hold for other para cricketers of the Kashmir valley. “I hope and pray that this should be just the beginning and I should not be the last one to play for India,” Lone told the media. At his home in the Waghama area of Bijbehara, people made a beeline to visit his family and congratulate them.
“I had never even dreamt of this. When he became handicapped, I thought his life is over. Little did I know it has just begun. God has his own strange ways with us lesser mortals,” Lone’s father Bashir Ahmad said.