Manzoor Dar, the only cricketer from Jammu Kashmir to represent IPL 2018 will be joining rest of the squad of Kings-XI Punjab for pre-tournament coaching camp in Mohali on March 26.
Manzoor Dar popularly known as Manzoor Pandav was picked up by Kings-XI Punjab in last month’s IPL players auction for Rs 20 Lakhs. It has been dream come true for the cricketer from Sumbal area of Bandipora district who faced number of hardships during his career owing to poor family background.
“I have been informed to join team in Mohali on March 26 while as preparatory camp would be starting from March 27,” said Pandav.
After getting picked up in auction Pandav has become overnight sensation in J&K with the huge fan base.
“I already was popular but getting picked up for Kings XI Punjab team has changed everything. I will try my best to perform at biggest stage of T20 cricket whenever chance would be given to me and will try not to disappoint my fans,” he said.
Meanwhile Manzoor who hails from Sumbal area of Bandipora is currently stationed in Srinagar with focus on his training and achieving peak fitness.
“IPL over the years has set high standards as for as fitness is considered. With no available facilities in my home town I have shifted my base till I join Kings-XI camp to Srinagar. I am focusing on running, cardio, strength training apart from regular cricket training,” he said.
The camp is likely to be held under watchful eyes Head Coach of Kings XI Punjab Brad Hodge, bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad and Cricket Operations and Team Mentor, Virender Sehwag.
The season 11 of IPL-2018 is set to be played over 51 days, across nine venues, between April 7 and May 27. Kings XI Punjab will kick-start their campaign when they play Delhi Daredevils on the April 8. (Courtesy Greater Kashmir)