IPL 2013: Jammu & Kashmir cricketers hoping to see Parvez Rasool in Pune Warriors colours soon

Parvez Rasool was a star performer for the Board President’s XI by grabbing seven Australian wickets in February this year © PTI

By Anil Bhatt

Jammu: Apr 16, 2013

He is the first player from the valley to bag an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract and talented all-rounder Parveez Rasool‘s Jammu and Kashmir teammates as well as common people now want to see him in the playing XI of the Pune Warriors India in the coming matches.

“He [Rasool] should be on the pitch as he is deserving palyer. We are keeping our fingers crossed. Hopefully, he will get a chance to play,” Rasool’s Ranji teammate Majid Dar told PTI on Tuesday.

However, Dar feels that there is still a lot of time left and he will surely get some game time.

Rasool, who was a star performer for the Board President’s XI by grabbing seven Australian wickets in February this year, was being chased by at least three franchises but the 24-year-old signed in favour of Pune Warriors.

He has recently been announced in 30-member probables list for the Champions Trophy in England.

After a good Ranji season in 2012-13, he was included in the India A squad to play the warm-up one-day match against England on January 6, 2013.

Praising Rasool for his impressive performance at the national and international level, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) president Dr Farooq Abdullah, in April this year, announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for the cricketer.

Asked what this IPL contract meant for budding cricketers of his state, Rasool said, “I would like to convey a small message for all my well-wishers in J&K. I would like to tell them that it was not only talent but hardwork that has helped me realise my dream.

I believe, parents would now believe that someone can make a decent career out of cricket even from our state.”

Former first-class cricketer Rakesh Kaul stated, “I want to convey that people of the state particularly from Kashmir are anxiously waiting for Rasool to play a match.

Giving him a chance would boost the morale of the budding cricketers in state.”

In a similar voice, his one-time coach Rajesh Dhar said “we all want him to see in the field — playing and proving himself. Whenever there is match of Pune warriors, we switch on TV sets, but keeping waiting that he would also get the chance to play.” [sic]

“Let us hope that he will soon get chance to play and make J&K proud”, Dhar said.

The chairman of JKCA media committee Ranjeet Kalra said that Pune has already played five matches and they expect that Rasool will be given an opportunity in the remaining 11 matches.