[caption id="attachment_893814" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-893814" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Wasim-Iqbal-Khan.png" alt="India, India physically disabled team, World Cricket Series, physically disabled team" width="628" height="353" /> Despite the circumstances in a volatile district like Anantnag, Wasim struggles to put in the hard yards on the field.[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Among the many delighted faces of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/news/">India</a>'s physically disabled cricket team that gathered at the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) BKC Academy on Friday to receive awards after winning the inaugural T20 Physical Disability <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/phanse-sante-star-as-india-beat-england-to-win-physical-disability-world-series-t20-879796">World Cricket Series</a> in England last month, is Wasim Iqbal Khan. <p></p> <p></p>A leg surgery gone wrong in his childhood left him with a lifelong problem in his right leg. <p></p> <p></p>The 26-year-old opener from the Gopalpora area of Kashmir's Anantnag district is the only member in his family to have opted for a career in sports but Wasim, who smashed a match-winning 43-ball 69 in India's win over Pakistan during the World Series, has no regrets with his decision. <p></p> <p></p>"My father Mohammad Yousuf Khan and uncle used to play cricket, so that inspired me. Both my elder brothers are advocates, but I always wanted to play cricket," Wasim, who sustained a leg injury when he was just nine, tells <em>CricketCountry</em> after the team was felicitated by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_893815" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-893815" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Wasim-Iqbal-Khan-India-PD-02.jpg" alt="Wasim Iqbal Khan, India, India physically disabled team, World Cricket Series, physically disabled team" width="628" height="471" /> Wasim Iqbal after being felicitated by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in Mumbai. Noel D'Souza[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Hailing from Kashmir, Wasim recalled how the current situation, after scrapping Article 370 and 35A in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/j&amp;k">Jammu and Kashmir,</a> has affected cricket in the state. "There are no matches and whatever little tournaments that were taking place too have been shut," the 26-year-old informed. <p></p> <p></p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/indias-world-series-winning-physically-disabled-team-to-get-cash-reward-by-bcci-893751">India's World Series-winning physically disabled team to get cash reward from BCCI</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"It has affected my game as well, I really struggle hard to practice because there is nobody around. I don't have much money to spend on my game. I just try and practice with whoever I get to play. I call some boys and ask them to bowl to me. It's been 8 years now since the local tournaments have been stopped," he said. <p></p> <p></p>However, as youngsters of his age opt for a different path, the electrical engineering graduate, now pursuing a degree in Arts and who also helps his parents run the family's apple orchard, is determined to make it big in cricket. <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_893816" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-893816" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Wasim-Iqbal-Khan-India-PD-03.jpg" alt="Wasim Iqbal Khan, India, India physically disabled team, World Cricket Series, physically disabled team" width="628" height="471" /> Wasim's award. Noel D'Souza[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>He owes his recent success to local star <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/parvez-rasool/news/">Parvez Razool</a>, who has played one ODI and a Twenty20 International for India. <p></p> <p></p>"Parvez Rasool bhai and I live in the same district. I have taken plenty of tips from him and he has supported me a lot. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mumbai-indians">Rasikh Salim</a> (who played for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mumbai-indians">Mumbai Indians</a> this year), like my little brother, has also played with me. We live just about 10-12 kms away from each other, so we get to play often," Wasim, who also plays for the local club Khan Sultans, mentored by Rasool, said. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/with-no-other-options-left-jkca-forced-to-put-advertisements-on-local-tv-channels-to-ask-players-to-attend-training-camp-885113">JKCA uses ads on local TV channels to ask players to attend training camp</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Wasimm is a bit concerned about his future as a cricketer but believes the latest news about BCCI honouring the disabled players will be a huge boost. "I am doubtful about our future, but today's acknowledgement by BCCI and the government of India is a step in the right direction, so let's hope for the best. Nitin Gadkari <em>saab</em> has asked us to keep performing and they will support us, so <em>Inshaallah</em>, I will keep performing," he said. <p></p> <p></p>He might be passionate about cricket but as far as financial security goes, Wasim hopes to land a government job. "I've got a lot of offers from private companies, but if I get a government job, it will be the best. Minister <em>saab</em> has assured us, so the dream is to excel wherever I am," he said.