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Anantnag youth left job to promote Kashmir bats at international level

Anantnag: A youth from Anantnag district has set an example for others after he left his job only to promote Cricket bats manufactured at his own units located in south Kashmir.
Firdous Ahmad Khan (28), a resident of Pujteng village of Sangam belt of Anantnag district is providing jobs to dozens of locals and non locals besides promoting bats manufactured in Kashmir at international level.
Firdous said that since 1994, his family was associated with bat industry and was manufacturing bats that were sold to local players.
“However, three years back I took command of our unit and started manufacturing whole cricket kit and promoting them at international level,” he said.
“After completing my MBA, M.com and Diploma in international business operations, I got a job in multinational company in Delhi,” he said adding, that he was not satisfied with his job and wanted to do something big.
“Finally I started developing contacts in Meerut which is known as hub of cricket accessories and started a unit there for manufacturing of all accessories required for cricket,” he said.
“Presently, we bring willows clefts from England for manufacturing of bats and other items. After sometime, I started same work at my residence in Pujteng as well and started promoting bats and other accessories at international level,” he added.
Notably, Firdous wishes to make Kashmir brand of bats a preferred one in all formats of the game that too at international levels.
“Most people working here are focusing on quantity not quality that is why the need to provide quality bats at international level was never met,” he added.
“I have met so many international players and am in contact with hundreds of players in order to promote our bats and other accessories,” he added.
“Presently three players from Bangladesh national team and few players from Afghanistan and Pakistan are using our brand and hopefully it will increase and flourish in coming days,” adds a beaming Firdous.
He said that his unit is planning to organize a mega sports event in which international players will be invited that will help us to promote Kashmir bat industry besides tourism.
“So far we have got positive respond from people but we need government support as well for promotion of bat industry and tourism,” he says.
He said at present around 50 people are working at his two units and hopefully in coming days more people will be involved in it.
Firdous says that the bat Industry has a tremendous potential for growth and many educated youth can play a role by coming forward and establishing new units.
“I want to send out a clear message for the educated unemployed youth and that is- not to wait for jobs to come their way, rather they should come forward and avail the benefits by supporting themselves and even help others,” he adds.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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