Monday, 8 July 2013

Parvez Rasool-First J&k Player to play for India

 JAIPUR: "It's a closed chapter," said Parvez Rasool. The Kashmiri youth was detained by Bangalore Police in 2009 in connection with terror attacks in the city. He was later released for lack of evidence.

The detention of Rasool, a member of the Under-22 cricket team that was to play in the C K Nayudu Trophy, had triggered protests from Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, which denounced the police action and demanded an apology from the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA).

The members of the J&K Under-22 team staged a protest later against the humiliation meted out to Rasool.

"I want to look forward and prove myself. My focus has always been on cricket," The 23-year-old all-rounder said. Rasool is the first cricketer from the valley to be picked for the India A team for the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.

Rasool, an off-spinner who is handy bat down the order, will be part of the 15-member squad announced by the selectors, in Mumbai, for the Zimbabwe tour on Friday.

"It was a not a great thing to happen in the past and I don't want to think over it," he said. Ask him about his dream and he says, "Like any other cricketer, I too want to play for India. I am sure that if I play well, I can make it big," a beaming Rasool said.

Rasool said without the guidance former India captain Bishen Sigh Bedi, his dream would not have been possible. He also thanked his childhood coaches Abdul Qayoom, once a poster boy of J&K cricket, and Rajesh Dhar for his success.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah called on promising cricketer to make the state proud after he became the first cricketer from the valley to be selected in the Indian cricket team for the upcoming ODI tour of Zimbabwe.

"Well deserved selection. Make us proud now," the J&K CM wrote on his twitter page.

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