Jasia Akhtar 1st cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir to feature in Women’s T20 Challenge

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 13:28 IST Jasia Akhtar will play for Smiriti Mandhana-led Trailblazers in Women’s T20 Challenge 2019 (@MehboobaMufti Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasia Akhtar will play for Trailblazers in Women’s T20 Challenge, starting May 6Jammu and Kashmir cricketer Jasia Akhtar plays for Punjab in domestic cricketJasia Akhtar says she is looking forward to play with women’s cricket superstars in the 3-team leagueWhile the absence of Australian players in the Women’s T20 Challenge was surprising, the inclusion of a Jammu and Kashmir cricketer, Jasia Akhtar has come as a huge boost for aspiring cricketers in the valley.Jasia Akhtar will be playing under India’s superstar cricketer Smriti Mandhana for the Trailblazers in the three-team women’s T20 league, seen as precursor for a women’s Indian Premier League. 39 cricketers from England, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India will feature in the four-match tri-series that will be played between May 6 and 11 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Jasia Akhtar, an opening batter for Punjab, revealed she had received a call from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, informing about her selection in the Women’s T20 League on Thursday. Jasia will now share the dressing room with some of the best in the business, including Smriti, Jhulan Goswami, Suzie Bates among others at Trailblazers.Jasia Akhtar had played for India Reds in the Women’s Challenger Trophy last year. Jasia had moved from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab in 2013. Jasia, who hails from Shopian district in Jammu and Kashmir, has already been part of the India camp twice.Congratulations to Jasia Akhtar from Shopian on being selected for the Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) that starts on 6th May at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Well done! pic.twitter.com/DHUsldIeh2Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) April 26, 2019Jasia, the daughter of a farmer from the valley, said her parents were fully supportive of her move from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab. Jasia has been representing Punjab in domestic cricket.advertisement”I realised soon that I had to leave J&K if I wanted to continue playing cricket. Facilities were not good. The deteriorating law and order situation made it worse.I must say I’m lucky in that sense. My parents never objected to my move to Punjab. They have complete faith in me,” Jasia was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.Jasia has been asked to report in Jaipur on May 2 and the J&K cricketer will take a flight from Amritsar to the Pink City on the said date.While Smriti Mandhana will be leading the Trailblazers, India’s limited-overs captain Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the Supernovas. Veteran star Mithali Raj will be captaining the third team, Velocity.Notably, Harmanpreet Kaur’s Supernovas defeated the Trailblazers by three wickets in Mumbai in the Women’s T20 Challenge match held last year during IPL 2018.Women’s T20 Challenge squadsSupernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Jemimah Rodrigues, Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), Mansi Joshi, Natalie Sciver (England), Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Radha P Yadav, Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Taniya Bhatia (WK).Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Bharti Fulmali, Dayalan Hemlatha, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Jasia Akhtar, Jhulan Goswami, R Kalpana (WK), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shakera Selman (West Indies), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Suzie Bates (New Zealand).Velocity: Mithali Raj (Captain), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Danielle Wyatt (England), Devika Vaidya, Ekta Bisht, Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh), Komal Zhanzad, Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Sushma Verma (WK), Sushree Dibyadarshini, Veda Krishnamurthy.Also Read | No Aussie in women’s IPL: BCCI says Cricket Australia blackmailing for men’s series reschedulingAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Jasia Akhtar 1st cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir to feature in Women’s T20 ChallengeJasia Akhtar, who plays as an opening batter for Punjab in domestic cricket, is the first woman cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play for the three-team Women’s T20 Challenge, starting May 6 in Jaipuradvertisementlast_img

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