The Bella Salamabad Cricket Ground in Boniyar Tehsil, Baramulla District, witnessed a remarkable month-long cricket extravaganza as the Indian Army unit stationed in the region successfully concluded the Pir Panjal Premier League on Saturday, 22nd July 2023.

The highly anticipated tournament saw a spirited participation of 64 teams, consisting of 960 enthusiastic young players from Uri, Boniyar, and Baramulla. For 24 days, the cricket ground resonated with the passion and dedication of the participants, as thrilling matches unfolded daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Pir Panjal Premier League achieved a new milestone by attracting the highest number of teams ever seen from Boniyar Tehsil, becoming a resounding success in fostering sportsmanship and unity within the local community.

The Finals, held on July 22, 2023, witnessed an exhilarating clash between USCC Chandanwari and BSCC Boniyar, the two deserving finalist teams. The esteemed presence of Hon’ble Shri Ali Mohd Magrey, Retd Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Maj Gen Rajesh Sethi, SM, VSM, GOC Dagger Division, served as the chief host for the event, adding to the grandeur of the finale.

Beyond the boundaries of cricket, the Pir Panjal Premier League aimed to inspire a healthier lifestyle and discourage drug addiction within the community. In a fitting tribute to the exceptional talent and dedication displayed by the teams, the winners were awarded a cash prize of Rs 15,000, while the runners-up received Rs 10,000. The Player of the Tournament was also honored with a reward of Rs 3,000, acknowledging their outstanding performance throughout the league.

Hon’ble Shri Ali Mohd Magrey commended the Indian Army for organizing this mega tournament, stressing the importance of promoting sports as a means to foster a healthier and more united society. The success of the Pir Panjal Premier League stands as a testament to the Indian Army’s unwavering commitment to community engagement and the promotion of sports in the region.

Maj Gen Rajesh Sethi, SM, VSM, GOC 19 Infantry Division, expressed his appreciation for the conducting Army unit and the players for their relentless dedication and passion, which left a lasting impact on the community. He highlighted that the tournament not only showcased the true spirit of sportsmanship but also strengthened the bond within the region, bringing people together in the pursuit of a common goal.

The Pir Panjal Premier League will be remembered as an event that not only showcased exceptional cricketing skills but also served as a catalyst for promoting healthier living and unity among the people of Boniyar Tehsil. As the echoes of the thrilling matches fade away, the positive impact of this grand sports spectacle will continue to inspire and nurture the aspirations of young athletes, while fostering a stronger sense of togetherness within the community.



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