Excelsior Sports Correspondent
BARAMULLA, Oct 17: As part of its coordinated efforts to encourage the sporting culture and help local youth not to derail from the mainstream, Baramulla Premier League (T20 cricket tournament) involving 64 teams was started by Local Rashtriya Rifles Battalion (Formidable 46) of Himalayan Brigade under the aegis of Dagger Division at Showkat Ali Stadium, here today.
The match was inaugurated by Major General GS Rawat, YSM, SM, GOC 19 Infantry Division at Showkat Ali Stadium.
Several prominent personalities from district and civil administration including senior officers were also present on the occasion, in addition to members of the Sports Council and District Cricket Association.
The first qualifying match was played between Pangong XI and Blue Star Jetty.
The annual sporting spectacle will be conducted over a period of one month. The league is divided into five stages namely qualifying round, 1st knockout round, 2nd knockout round, quarterfinals and semifinals.
The league was instituted to promote the local talent and strengthen the bond with youth and develop the connect with people in Noth Kashmir’s Baramulla District.