PESHAWAR, 10 March: The second edition of the Fata Super League will begin on March 18 amid reservations of players from different tribal regions.
According to the organizers of the event, as many as 24 franchises teams will be participating in the tournament from all the seven tribal agencies and six Frontier Regions (FRs).
Though, teams from all the tribal regions are will be competing in the event but the matches of the tournament will be played on grounds in Jamrud (Khyber Agency), Bajaur, Kurram and Peshawar only.
This has triggered reservations among different players who say the organizers should hold matches in all agencies and FRs. Players and team owners from Mohmand, Orakzai, North and South Waziristan have expressed resentment over the decision of the organizers and said what has barred them from holding matches in their areas.
“The basic philosophy behind organizing the tournament is to celebrate the restoration of peace and provide recreational opportunities to the people of militancy-hit tribal areas. But I do not understand why they are not holding a match in South Waziristan,” said Irfan Mehsud, a world-record holder Marshal Art player from the South Waziristan.
“There are quality playgrounds in Waziristan. Besides, law and order situation is also good. In my opinion, the matches of South Waziristan team should at least be held in Wana,” he added.
Member of National Assembly from Jamrud, Khyber Agency, Shah Jee Gul Afridi also supported the idea of holding matches in other tribal agencies.
Speaking at the launching ceremony of franchises’ official kits at the Jamrud Sports Complex on Saturday, he said that matches of the tournament should be played in all the tribal agencies so that the people of other agencies can see their teams in action.
Members of the organizing committee, franchises’ owners, officials of the political administration and Fata sports directorate attended the kits launching ceremony.
Shah Jee Gul Afridi said that holding of the mega sports event is the testimony of the fact that peace has been completely restored in the tribal region. He said
Likewise, well-known cricket player from FR Bannu, Zahid Danish appreciated the holding of the FSL, saying it is a great platform for the players of Fata to showcase their talent.
“We should portray our soft image to the world by organizing sporting events in the war-affected districts,” he remarked.
“We have Younis Khan Cricket Stadium in North Waziristan where a friendly match was played between veterans of Pakistan and England cricket teams. Prominent cricketers including star all-rounder Shahid Afridi and Inzamam travelled to Miranshah and played cricket in front of hundreds of spectators. Still, I do not understand why they are not holding a match there,” Danish questioned.