Several promising junior women players emerge from JKCA’s talent hunt

Budding female cricket players during a trial match at Hostel Ground, Jammu.
Budding female cricket players during a trial match at Hostel Ground, Jammu.

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, May 20: Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association organized a ‘Talent Hunt’ for Junior Age Groups and U-23 Women in the last week of April across six venues in the UT thus covering the entire length and breadth of Jammu & Kashmir.
This was followed by a deep selection camp organized at Hostel Ground Jammu which culminated today. In this camp, the U-15 and U-19 women players chosen in the Talent Hunt were made to play matches so that standard of their fielding and physical fitness could also be accessed by the selectors apart from their cricketing skills.
Brig Anil Gupta (Retired), Member Administration, JKCA, informed that a number of talented young girls have emerged as potential players during the just concluded trials. The Girls of U-15 and U-19 category had participated in the camp. Among the U-15 Players, Shruti Thakur from Doda, Ayushi Ambardar from Srinagar, Smriti Majotra from Jammu emerged as bowling all-rounders.
Apart from these girls, battery pace bowlers include Hafsa from Doda, Mannat Tofara from Jammu and Mehvish Jan from Srinagar. Sonakshi Manhas from Kishtwar has emerged as a Spinner with lots of potential. Among the potential batters are Alisha Jan from Bijbehara and Romani from Udhampur.
Similarly, in the U-19 age group, Kajal Devi from Doda, Maria Noorain from Bijbehara, Mehvish Jan from Bijbehara, Tania Sharma from Udhampur and Pavin Kour from Jammu are part of the pace battery. Off Spinners found during the Talent Hunt are Tehseem from Bijbehara and Pranavi Bajaj from Jammu. Among Batters, Vishaka Kesar from Poonch, Shanu Devi from Jammu, Gauri Sharma from Jammu and Sanjana from Kishtwar have left their mark.