<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Parvez Rasool: I should be seen only as a cricketer" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130513165646.jpg" title="Parvez Rasool: I should be seen only as a cricketer" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Parvez Rasool was picked for the recent ODI tour of Zimbabwe but was not given a single game © IANS</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Sep 3, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> Unfazed by the politics that followed after he became the first player from <a href="/tags/Jammu-and-Kashmir/post" target="_blank">Jammu and Kashmir</a> to be picked in the Indian team, all-rounder <a href="/tags/Parvez-Rasool/post" target="_blank">Parvez Rasool </a>on Tuesday said that he should be seen and judged solely as a cricketer.<br /> <br /> Rasool was picked for the recent ODI tour of Zimbabwe but was not given a single game by the team management <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Parvez-Rasool-rsquo-s-exclusion-has-greater-sociological-ramifications-and-should-have-been-handled-with-sensitivity/29649" target="_blank">leading to a controversy</a> when J&K chief minister <a href="/tags/Omar-Abdullah/post" target="_blank">Omar Abdullah</a> lashed out at the BCCI for not fielding Rasool in any of the five matches.<br /> <br /> But Rasool prefers to remain apolitical and urged everyone to look at him only as a player.<br /> <br /> "A cricketer should always be seen only as a cricketer. Whatever performances I have given in the past and the way I am performing at the moment, I would request people to look at only those and that's all," Rasool told reporters.<br /> <br /> Rasool, however, conceded that his selection in the national team has brought in a lot of positive change as far as cricket in the state is concerned.<br /> <br /> "Obviously after my selection a lot of youngsters are taking up the game in the State. A number of new leagues have also started, including J&K Corporate Premier League. Parents now come to me and talk about their kids' future in the game.<br /> <br /> Even the youngsters have started to work very hard," said Rasool.<br /> <br /> The 24-year-old all-rounder admitted that he has a long way to go before he can break into India's playing XI.<br /> <br /> "There is a lot of difference between domestic and international cricket. In International cricket you need to work very, very hard. I am looking to improve my game so that I can play for India," he said.<br /> <br /> "When you play international cricket, you realise that conditions outside are very different and that matters a lot. One needs to work extra hard at that level," added the off-spinner.<br /> <br /> Rasool, who considers himself an off-spinner who can bat, said, "I am concentrating hard on my bowling. I am working on my <em>doosra </em>and looking to strengthen my stock delivery. I also want to bowl to quality batsmen so that I can improve overall as a bowler."<br /> <br /> He said being part of the Indian dressing room has completely changed his outlook towards the game.<br /> <br /> "I learnt a lot while I was travelling with the Indian team. I saw how big players behave and work hard, and that encourages me to work even harder on my game," said Rasool who idolises Sachin Tendulkar and<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Parvez-Rasool-inspired-by-Graeme-Swann/30595" target="_blank"> follow England's Graeme Swann</a> as far as bowling is concerned.<br /> <br /> Stating that it was a big moment for him when <a href="/tags/India-A/post" target="_blank">India 'A' </a>defended a modest total against Australia 'A' to win the final of the tri-series in South Africa recently, he said, "Because of the nature of the pitch, we were playing all high-scoring matches but it was a great moment for me and the team when we could beat Australia A in the final in a low-scoring game.<br /> <br /> "I feel had there been a fair [competitive] wicket, I could have performed better."<br /> <br /> There have been suggestions that Rasool must leave J&K and play for some other team that figures in the Elite Ranji Trophy list, in order to grow as a cricketer but he said it was now his turn to serve the State.<br /> <br /> "It is the J&K team that has provided me all the opportunities. I have come into the Indian team while representing J&K. I would like to serve my state now. We will try to perform well and break into the Elite group."