Doda, June 23: The District Development Commissioner (DDC) Doda Sh Bhawani Rakhwal on Saturday inaugurated the prestigious All India 14th Gufran Memorial T20 Cricket Championship 2018 by declaring it open at Sports Stadium Doda.
The tournament is being organized by Young Star Cricket Club Doda and sponsored by 10 Rashtriya Rifles Unit Doda and J&K Bank.
The tournament was inaugurated in presence of SSP Doda Mohammad Sharief, ACR Doda Tariq Naik, Rtd Deputy Commissioner Gh Nabi Balwan, Second In Command 76 Bn CRPF K L Dhiman, Coy Commander 10 RR Major Anchal Vishwamitra, Dy SP Hqr Iftikhar Ahmed, Technical Officer R&B Er Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Former Chairman MC Doda Zaffar Ullah Rather, Former Administrator Auqaf Asif Jahan Gattu, Principal GMHSS Doda Om Parkash Chandail, Dr Sajjad Hussain Kraipak and various officers from Civil and Police Department.
Speaking on the occasion, DDC Doda Bhawani Rakhwal applauded the efforts of YSCC Doda for conducting such mega events in Doda since last more than 20 years and termed sports as the best mean to positively channelize the energy of youth, saying that this would provide a platform to the interested youth in the sports to show their talent.
Patron YSCC Doda Manzoor Ahmed Batt during the inaugural event informed that they have been organzing Gufran Tournaments since last 20 years, which aims to promote the sports culture among the youth of chenab region so as to keep them away from the menace of drugs and other social evils whereas the club also aims to provide a platform to the young budding talent of this region to expose their hidden talent.
It is to mention here that in this national cricket championship a total of 64 teams including 25 teams from others parts of the country are participating and the tournament will last for a month.
The Gufran Tournament is being played on the format of IPL with the objective to promote sports culture in the state and also to provide platform to the cricketers of the state to exhibit their talent.
The first inaugural match was played between Naidu Cricket Academy (NCA) Chattisgarh and Final Star Cricket Club Doda (FSCC)
Batting first after winning the score, NCA Chattisgarh scored a total of 203 runs for the loss of 09 wickets in 20 overs whereas in reply while chasing the stipulated target, FSCC Doda failed to chase the score and whole team was bundled out for 83 runs.
Later on Manish Rai of NCA Chattisgarh was declared as Man of the Match for his best all round performance.
The match was officiated by Ifroz Rather and Noushair Batt as Umpires while Waseem Raja acted as Scorer.