From local trade to global phenomenon: Kashmir willow bats make grand slam in International Cricket

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], June 22 (ANI): The global market for Kashmir Willow bats experienced a surge in demand following their exceptional display in the hands of international cricket players from Oman and the United Arab Emirates during the T20 World Cups.

Building on this momentum, an impressive roster of around 17 players representing six cricketing nations has eagerly sought out Kashmiri Willow bats for their participation in the highly anticipated ODI World Cup 2023, set to grace the cricketing stage in India this October.

From the sprawling industrial area stretching from Sangam to Awantipora, the rhythmic symphony of hammers resonated through the air, as skilled artisans crafted cricket bats from the coveted Kashmiri Willow. This humble industry, once confined to local markets, had now captured the attention of the world, leaving an indelible mark on the global cricketing stage.

Within this vibrant tapestry of craftsmanship, approximately 400 units bring their expertise to life. Among them, one unit, GR8 Sports, has risen to the pinnacle of recognition, proudly showcasing their bats on the international stage, resonating with players and fans alike.

Fawzul Kabir, the proud owner of GR8 Sports, is a 30-year-old MBA graduate from the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora, currently pursuing his PhD from DCU in Ireland. With fervour in his voice, he passionately expressed, “Our bats are not mere instruments of the game; they embody the very essence of Kashmir, serving as a testament to our rich craftsmanship and unwavering spirit.”

He said that the journey of Kashmiri Willow bats began with the resounding success of players from Oman and the United Arab Emirates wielding these magnificent bats in the T20 World Cups.

“Their impeccable performance and undeniable charm caught the eye of cricket enthusiasts worldwide, paving the way for a newfound demand”, he added.

With pride and excitement, Fawzul Kabir proclaimed, ‘”The international cricketing community has recognized the excellence of Kashmiri Willow bats. Now, 17 more players from six cricketing nations have chosen our bats for the highly anticipated ODI World Cup”.

In the tranquil town of Halmulla Sangam, where beauty was as abundant as the flowing rivers, the GR8 Sports industry stood as a beacon of hope. With each stroke of the bat, they etched a new chapter in their legacy, carrying the dreams and aspirations of an entire region.

The artisans worked tirelessly, their hands dancing with grace and precision. Fawzul Kabir remarked, “The artistry and dedication of our craftsmen shine through every bat we create. Each piece tells a story, woven with the essence of Kashmir’s natural beauty.”

As the news of the rising popularity of Kashmiri bats spread like wildfire, the people associated with this industry felt a surge of happiness and pride. Their once local trade had now become a global phenomenon, captivating the hearts of cricketers and fans alike.

A local bat manufacturer shared their delight, saying, “To witness our bats being used by players from different countries fills us with immense joy. It is a testament to the exceptional quality and craftsmanship of Kashmir Willow.”

“Seeing players from around the world choose Kashmiri Willow bats is like a dream come true for us. We’ve always known the magic our bats hold, and now the world is witnessing it too. Local Bat Manufacturer Willow bats extended far beyond the boundaries of the cricket field. It became a symbol of resilience, craftsmanship, and the unyielding spirit of a region long known for its natural wonders,” locals said.

Fawzul Kabir’s eyes shining with determination, noted, “Our aim is to bring our bats into the hands of iconic players like Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. We want the world to witness the magic that unfolds when the spirit of Kashmir meets the passion for cricket.”

These bats were imbued with the soul of the region. From the gentle whispers of the valleys to the majestic peaks, they carried the essence of their birthplace, transcending the realm of mere sports equipment.

Another artisan, his voice filled with pride, shared, “Each stroke of the bat reverberates with the spirit of Kashmir. When players wield our bats, they carry a piece of our land with them, infusing their game with the mystique of our beloved valley.”

“The success of our Kashmir Willow bats on the global stage fills our hearts with joy and pride. It’s a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship and dedication of our local artisans,” said Mushtaq Ahmad, a local worker.

“Seeing players from around the world choose Kashmiri Willow bats is like a dream come true for us. We’ve always known the magic our bats hold, and now the world is witnessing it too,” he added.