Parvez makes it to India-A squad

‘I Will Do My Best To Impress Selectors’



Srinagar, Jan 2: The superb all-round dream show in the Ranji Trophy season has paved way for the JK Cricket’s rising star Parvez Rasool into the India-A cricket team squad that will play warm up one-day match against visiting England side on January 6 at Delhi.
 Parvez Rassol has been included in the 14-member India A. Parvez who has been main guiding force JK Ranji team has been rewarded for a strong showing with both bat and ball in teams otherwise team’s disappointing run in this year's Ranji Trophy. He finished on top of both batting and bowling charts for the team with 594 runs, including two centuries, and 33 wickets. Parvez currently reckoned as top star of JK cricket and with some consistence performance under his belt he is also strong contender for this year Indian Premier League.
 Parvez is second cricketer ever from JK to find place in India-A side. Before him fast bowler Surinder Singh Badal has represented JK in the team.
 The all-rounder got news about his selection in the India-A team in Jalandhar, Punjab where he had gone for shopping his cricketing stuff.
 Talking to Greater Kashmir on phone from Jalandhar Parvez said, “I can’t describe my feeling. Though through my performances I was expecting such a call, still it was surprising to get to know about it. I have been asked to report at Delhi on January 4. From here I will head straight to Delhi now to join rest of the squad”.
 Parvez said he is hopeful that he will place in playing-XI and to prove himself at grand stage against England like side.
 “Till now everything is going right for me and I am hopeful that I will find place in playing-XI. If I get a chance to play against England then I will give my best to impress selectors. I know chances like this don’t come everyday and it will be do or die situation for me,” he said.
 He said that due to his all-round ability and spin bowling option he has got bright chance of making it into playing-XI.
 “I have given performance with both bat and bowl. In Indian cricket you don’t see so many all-rounders around. The other advantage for me would be that England one day team doesn’t play spin that well and luckily I am off spinner as well,” he said.
 In last seven Ranji matches, Parvez has given some of the exemplary performances. Against Jharkhand, he took three wickets and 51 runs and then in the match against Goa, he scored 175 runs and took two wickets. In the match against, Assam Parvez scored 187 runs and took nine wickets. Against Kerala, he took eight wickets and scored 24 runs while against Services, he took two wickets and scored 33 runs. Against Himachal Pradesh, Parvez scored 98 runs and took three wickets. In the last Ranji match of the season which was mostly effected by bad weather against Tripura at Jammu, he took six wickets and scored unbeaten 27 runs.
 About his chance to get place in this years IPL, he said, “Currently for national level players IPL is the first step towards Indian team birth. Though I am lucky to get chance in India-A squad much before but still if you perform well in IPL then you get noticed by selectors and cricket pundits of Country. I hope I get chance to play in IPL after the performances I gave in last four matches for my team,” he added.

Team accolades sweeter than personal achievement
Though he has been selected for the India-A squad that will play against visiting England side in the One-day match at Delhi, the valley’s all-rounder Parvez Rasool gives more weight to team accolades than personal achievement.
“It is happy moment but I would have been happier to see JK team qualifying for the knockout stage in Ranji trophy,” he said.
“Our initial matches did not go well but after that we performed well and even went on to win two matches. That is the sign of improvement and I am hopeful that in coming time JK will improve its ranking in the national cricket arena,” he added.
About the future of JK cricket he said, “I am no one to say anything about that. However, the youngsters are highly talented and they work hard on their game. If they continue to work hard I am sure future is bright for JK cricket”.

JKCA hails
The J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) on Wednesday hailed Parvez Rasool’s selection in India-A squad.
“This is very bright sign for JK cricket. It shows if you perform well, you get chance at higher level. Parvez has been superb for JK team all through the season and he deserved this call,” said JKCA Treasurer Manzoor Wazir.
“We hope that his selection inspires others to perform well at highest level. We have got talent and the only thing needed is players give their best,” he added.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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