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Mahinder Pal Singh: For the First time a Sikh in Pakistan secures a place in the National Cricket Academy

Pakistan's cricketing history has only seen seven non-muslim cricketers representing the country

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Lahore, December 20, 2016: Pakistani cricket has seen Christians and Hindus represent the country at home and abroad, but for the first time a Sikh has secured a place in the National Cricket Academy.

Mahinder Pal Singh, who hails from Nankana Sahib (Lahore), is among the list of top 30 emerging cricketers in the country, Geo News reported.

In a video circulating on social media, Singh expressed his desire to make Pakistan proud and thanked his coach and the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board for having faith in him and recognising his talent.

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Singh said he was proud to be able to represent the entire Pakistani Sikh community and to have secured a place at the Pakistani Cricket Academy.

Pakistan’s cricketing history has only seen seven non-muslim cricketers representing the country.

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Over the years Pakistan cricket has been missing out on on regular international cricketing events on home soil, which has been served as the prime reason for the Pakistani cricket that was facing a dearth of new talent. (IANS)

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First Sikh Football Cup to Mark 550th Prakash Purb of Guru Nanak Sahib

He said the Khalsa Football Club team would play matches with prominent teams in India as well as football clubs in different countries

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Our prime motive is to encourage the Punjabi youth to engage in sports as 'keshadhari' (unshorn hair and beard) players. Pixabay

To promote the Punjabi Sikh identity globally, non-profit organisation Khalsa Football Club in association with the Global Sikh Sports Federation is organising first Sikh Football Cup, 2019 in Punjab, an organiser said on Sunday.

Dedicated to the 550th Prakash Purb (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Sahib, the tournament will be held from November 23 to December 7 under FIFA rules.

“Our prime motive is to encourage the Punjabi youth to engage in sports as ‘keshadhari’ (unshorn hair and beard) players,” club president Harjeet Singh Grewal told IANS.

He said the Khalsa Football Club team would play matches with prominent teams in India as well as football clubs in different countries.

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Dedicated to the 550th Prakash Purb (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Sahib, the tournament will be held from November 23 to December 7 under FIFA rules. Pixabay

The club, affiliated with the Punjab Football Association, would act as launching pad for promising players to enter contracts with top ranked Indian as well as European football clubs, he said.

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Also, the unique ‘keshadhari’ event would help promoting Punjabi culture and Sikh identity worldwide and weaning away the youth from drug abuse. (IANS)