Parvez Rasool © PTI
Parvez Rasool © PTI

Parvez Rasool, the only cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir who has played international cricket for India is livid at the ongoing controversy which has rocked the state cricket association. With India’s premier domestic cricket tournament Ranji Trophy 2015-16 just a few days away, the cricketers from the state are in a state of confusion as the battle between two factions in the state cricket body in court has severely hampered their preparations. This is not all, Rasool, who captained the state’s cricket team in the last year’s Ranji Trophy says he is not sure whether he is still the captain, adding that he has not even attended a preparatory camp for the tournament. ALSO READ: Bishan Singh Bedi requests BCCI to help Jammu and Kashmir cricket

Talking to the Indian Express about the ongoing spat, the star cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir said there is no solution in sight. “I wanted to work hard and prepare myself for the long season ahead. But there was a surprise in store for me when I reached home. The two factions of J&K cricket were involved in a court battle.” ALSO READ: Cricket fund scam in Kashmir to be probed by CBI

“Players were troubled and there seemed no solution in sight. Forgot senior players, even the under-14 boys didn’t know what to do. We have just 10 days left for our Ranji Trophy games and we don’t know which group we should join or which camp we had to attend. We don’t even know if we will be playing at home or not,” he added.

Rasool agreed that this is not the start that he would have liked to the all-important cricket season, and there is lot of commotion at the moment. He said, “Right now I don’t feel like playing with those who are in contention for Ranji team as the vibe isn’t nice. Everywhere I go, there is talk of uncertainty.”

Rasool added, “I practiced at my home, I hardly visited Srinagar. I was captain for J&K team and I would start pre-season by watching some players, be it new or old, but now I don’t know whether I will be leading the side or not.”

He continued, “There is confusion over which group BCCI is supporting. How can you expect us to concentrate? For the last few seasons, this team has changed the image of J&K cricket but now these court cases have spread negativity. No camp, no practice games, no probables list till date. Hadd hai yaar! (Enough is enough!)

The 26-year-old cricketer said he does  not think the state cricketers are ready to take on the other sides that would indeed be better prepared for the Ranji Trophy 2015-16. He said, “To be honest, I don’t think we are mentally prepared to play. Yes, if we manage to win a few games at the start of the season, we can gain momentum. We shall try our best. I have told the administrators don’t expect any miracle.”