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Hundreds turn up to watch Dhoni at Army-sponsored cricket match

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of people turned up to watch the grand finale of the Army-sponsored Chinar Cricket Premier League (CCPL) at the sprawling Kunzer Ground in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday.Former Team India captain and Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the chief guest on the occasion.”A scintillating cricket match between teams of North and South Kashmir held at Kunzer Cricket Ground on Sunday left an indelible mark in the cricketing history of the Valley. Presence of cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the chief guest was a major attraction,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Defence spokesman at Srinagar.The match also marked the culmination of a busy cricketing season in the Valley spread over the last six months at various locations. The championship was aimed at providing cricket lovers a platform to showcase their talent. The tourney drew tremendous response with 110 teams participating in it.”32 young cricketers, selected from all parts of Kashmir after exhaustive trials, comprised the two teams. The friendly contest was played with full vigour and sportsmanship spirit. South Kashmir team won the match by 47 runs,” said Col Kalia.The occasion was also graced by Brig VS Yadav, deputy General Officer Commanding, Kilo Force. Chief Guest MS Dhoni later gave away the prizes and mementos to the players, umpires and the organisers.”The event is yet another step in nurturing the nascent talent of the youth from Kashmir valley by the Army. For many, the sight and pleasure of meeting Dhoni in person exhilarated them. All the teams that participated in run up to today’s event were presented with a bat autographed by Dhoni,” said Colonel.Meanwhile, some youth raised slogans in favour of Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi and azadi outside the stadium when they were not able to enter to watch the match and have a glimpse of Dhoni. Police sources the youth were disgruntled because they could not enter into the stadium. However, no case has been registered so far.

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