Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir speedster Umran Malik was honoured on Tuesday by the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) during a valedictory function in the U-19 Men’s One-Day Tournament at GGM Science College Hostel Ground here.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu Ramesh Kumar was the chief guest of the valedictory function, while Jammu and Kashmir pacer Umran Malik, who received a maiden India call-up for the upcoming home series against South Africa, was the special guest. Malik has become only the second player from the Union Territory to represent India after spinner Parvez Rasool.
Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Commissioner Jammu praised the organisers for conducting the event in a most begetting manner and involving youth in sports activities to be away from drugs and other social evils.
Terming sportspersons as the messengers of peace and harmony, Ramesh Kumar assured the association of every kind of help from administration for promotion of the game.
The Divisional Commissioner stressed that such sports activities should be organised at the district level as well to give platforms to local players.
Umran was presented a T-Shirt, Track Suit, Cap, Badge and a Memento by Brig Anil Gupta, Member-Administration JKCA and Advocate Sunil Sethi, Member Legal Affairs JKCA.
On the occasion, Umran asked the young cricketers to set goals and be focused and determined to fulfill them.
He also congratulated the winners and runners-up teams for their fabulous show.
Brig Anil Gupta, Member-Administration JKCA, while speaking on the occasion, said that Umran’s elevation to the National team will be a motivator for the budding cricketers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
Advocate Sunil Sethi said that Umran’s elevation is tip of an ice berg, adding that J&K will produce a galaxy of Umrans in near future.
Meanwhile, in the summit clash, JKCA Orange thrashed JKCA Blue by a huge margin of 176 runs.
Earlier, put into bat, JKCA Orange set a good target of 233 runs in 45 overs. Achintya Khajuria top scored with 68 runs, while Rhytham Sharma, Akshit Gandral and Bachan Singh contributed 44, 26 and 23 runs respectively. Oman Fayaz was the pick of the bowlers from JKCA Blues, who took 5 important wickets, while Arooj Parvaiz, Basit Nazir, Ranjot Singh and Ahmed Fayaz claimed one wicket each.
In reply, JKCA Blue bundled out for 56 runs. Oman Fayaz and Musaib were the only two batters who crossed double-figure mark, making 18 and 12 runs respectively. For JKCA Orange, Naveed and Udhay Pratap took 3 wickets each, while Piyush and Shikawat claimed 2 wickets each.
Bachan Singh was declared as the best batsman of the tournament, while Arooj Parvez was adjudged as the best bowler. Oman Fayaz got the best all-rounder award, while Rhytham Sharma was adjudged as the best wicket keeper. Sahil Imran was declared as the promising/emerging player of the tournament.