Srinagar: In a glittering bidding ceremony 358 players were auctioned for the 2015 season of Khyber Big Downtown Champions league T-20 today at the famous Khyber Resorts Gulmarg. All the 16 teams competing in the league were accompanied and assisted by their respective mentors and icon players. Since the cap for bidding a player in A-grade category was fixed at 25000, the fate of 48 players in this category out of 72, were decided by sweepstake draw. International cricket star Parveez Rasool was the chief guest at the ceremony while as cricketer from Jammu region Mithun Manhas was guest of honor. Speaking at the occasion Parveez Rasool appreciated the efforts of DCL organizers and hoped that business community of Kashmir who are working very hard to get the fate of sports on track, will adopt some cricket grounds also, as there is dearth of turf wickets in the valley. Rasool who is also the icon player of Al-Humza Super Kings remained the star attraction throughout the ceremony. Bidding of players in Khyber Big DCL 2015 Photo by Saqib Majeed Speaking at the occasion president DCL and KCCI Shiekh Ashiq applauded the efforts of organizers and said that KCCI will look to the suggestions made by Parveez Rasool. He also thanked all the franchise owners for remaining themselves present at the ceremony to choose the best squads for their teams. In the bidding process that was held third time since the inception of league, 285 players belonging to B-grade category that included mostly fresh talent, were auctioned ranging between 2500 to maximum of 25000. The players in this category fetch varying prices depending on the demand and recent performance of the players. It is pertinent to mention, that the fresh lot of 285 players included in B-Grade category, were selected in proper trails held at Anantnag, Baramullah and Srinagar under the chief selection of Jhon Mohammad. Season 2015 of the league is sponsored by Khyber Group, J&K Bank along with 92.7 Big FM, and supported by The Counsellor magazine, CP Advertisers, HK Nissan, HK Cements and STC.
2015 Kashmir Despatch