As per news reports, a cricket tournament that recently concluded in the region Tral in South Kashmir, was being held in memory of Khalid Muzaffar Wani, the brother of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.
The tournament is further said to have many teams like – Burhan Lions, Aabid Khan Qalandars and Khalid Aryans which were allegedly named after alleged Kashmiri militants.
Khalid Muzaffar Wani Mumbai Mirror
After the encounter, the Indian Army had clarified that Khalid himself was a militant.
At a time when Kashmir has become a hot topic of controversy in India, the two-month-long tournament — which was the first of its kind in Tral— saw participation from 16 teams out of which at least three team names are said to have been inspired by militant commanders.
Of the three inspired by militant names, Burhan Lions was named after Burhan, who is known local name in the area and is known to love cricket.
Burhan Muzaffar Wani Indian Express
He is believed to have left home in 2010 so he could join Hizbul Mujahideen and is now the most famous face of militancy in Kashmir.
The second team ‘The Khalid Aryans’ is said to have been named after Burhan brother Khalid.
Body of Militant Aabid Khan Getty
The above encounter had at that time also claimed the life of an Army colonel.
A player of ‘Khalid Aryans’ Lifts the trophy Indian Express
The reports also stated that “Pro-freedom songs” were played during the opening ceremony of the tournament, while at the finals, Khalid and Burhan’s father Muzaffar Ahmad Wani was invited as chief guest.