Srinagar, 29 Aug 2020. As part of the nationwide commemoration of Swarnim Vijay
Varsh, the Indian Army undertook an initiative to organize, the Swarnim Vijay Varsh
Kashmir Premier League, 2021. The primary purpose of the event was youth
engagement and to provide them a pedestal to showcase their cricketing talents. The
popularity of cricket in Kashmir is a wellknown fact. This wide reaching, multi-phased
cricket tournament involved 10 districts of Kashmir. Swarnim Vijay Varsh Kashmir
Premier League 2021 commenced on 01 Jul 2021 and was held in three phases.
Phase 1 was played between 01 to 15 July 2021, wherein youths from 10
districts – Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Kupwara,
Pulwama, Shopian and Srinagar participated. Local boys from remote villages, towns
and from diverse backgrounds, formed their distinct village and town cricket clubs and
came together, to participate in the tournament. A total of 199 teams, with about 3000
players participated in the Swarnim Vijay Varsh Kashmir Premier League 2021.
The second phase played from 28 July to 10 August 2021 witnessed 10 teams
vying for a spot in the semifinals. Anantnag Achievers, Budgam Braves, Ganderbal
Sarowars and Shahi Shopian, reached the semifinals, which were played on 23 & 24
August 2021 at DPS, Srinagar ground. The Final was played between Badgam Braves
and Shahi Shopian at Sher-e-Kashmir stadium, Srinagar on Sunday, 29 August 2021.
Badgam Braves won the Swarnim Vijay Varsh Kashmir Premier League 2021 in an
emphatic manner. The individual prizes were given for best performer as batsmen to
Asif Hussain & Feroze Ahmad, of Budgam Braves and Adil Kachroo of Shahi Shopian.
Adil Kachroo of Shahi Shopian and Rouf Mir & Mudasir Abbas, from Budgam Braves,
were awarded the prizes for best performers, amongst the bowlers.
Former Indian Cricketer, Yusuf Pathan's presence in the final, saw a great
response from his fans in Kashmir valley. He complimented the teams and the
organisers for a well fought and conducted event. He appreciated the fact that 199
teams from all over Kashmir participated in the two month long competition, which
showed the amount of efforts the organisers had put in the conduct of the event.
The GOC, Chinar Corps complimented the players for a wonderful performance
in the Final. He exhorted the youths to pick up sports and bring laurels for their villages
and towns. The GOC emphasised upon the importance of discipline in life as
sportspersons across the world exhibit. He expressed the hope to see the next Neeraj
Chopra, to emerge from Kashmir. Several senior army, police & civil officials including
Mr Pandurang K. Pole Div Commissioner, Mr Mohammad Aijaz, DC Srinagar, Mr Vijay
Kumar, IGP attended the final. BCCI officials also attended and witnessed the final
Scores & Winners
– Final played between Shahi Shopian & Budgam Braves
– Shahi Shopian won the toss & decided to bowl 1st
– Budgam Braves made153/6 and won by 37 runs.
– The prize winners were as follows:
Man of the Match: Muddasir Abbas – Budgam Braves – cash prize Rs 5000/-
Purple Cap Winner- Sohail Wani- 13 wickets – Shahi Shopian- Rs 20,000/-
Orange Cap Winner-Adil Kachroo- 234 runs- Shahi Shopian- Rs 20,000/-
Man of the Tournament- Adil Kachroo- Rs 30,000/-
Runners Up- Shahi Shopian- Rs 75,000/- Cash Prize & Runners Up trophy
Winners- Budgam Braves- Rs 1,00,000/- cash prize & championship trophy.