First Women Cricketer From Kashmir Makes It To North Zone Team

'My mother wants me to see a cricketer'

Aasif Shafi

Anantnag | March 02: Rubia Syed, 21, daughter of a tailor from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, has become the first women from Jammu And Kashmir to make it to the North Zone team of Indian women’s cricket. Syed hails from Baasgam village,  14 kms away from Anantnag town.

It was all due to the support of her parents that Syed was allowed to pursue her passion of cricket despite the financial constraints at home.

“At times, my father had no money but he never let me feel the burden. He did every possible thing to help me so that I can continue playing cricket”, says Syed, who is currently in Mumbai taking part in a tournament organized by BCCI.

For Syed, the moral boost was her coach Sakeena Akhter who is the first qualified female coach at the University of Kashmir who trained her extensively.

“Sakeena Akhter has always encouraged the girls to play. Many girls get trained from her,” Says, Syed, whose mother wants to see her making a career as a cricketer.

“There is a lot of competition. The other girls are very well trained but I am also working hard to take full advantage of this platform. I play as an all-rounder and I will give my 100 percent in the upcoming matches,” she adds.

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