Jammu & Kashmir Cricket captain Parvez Rasool is very happy for his teammate Manzoor Dar’s IPL selection after Kings XI Punjab signed him for his base price of INR 20 Lakhs. Dar has followed in the footsteps of his captain Rasool who became the first ever cricketer from the region to play the Indian Premier League.
Rasool who has also represented India at the International level is pleased to see a cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir get the limelight with Dar signing for KXIP. Rasool believes Dar’s selection will help the cricket infrastructure in J&K and would force the administration to improve their facilities for the young cricketers.
Rasool said: “There was a lot of excitement in the State. He hails from a poor family. He is a son of a labourer. His selection to IPL is a big boost to J&K cricket. It is a positive message that if you work hard, you will get the results. What I like is that despite the facilities being very poor Dar worked his way to the top.’’
“Now, we have seen some changes. There are open trials and there is a bit of fair selection. The under-22 team reached the quarterfinals and they beat teams like Mumbai, Punjab and Delhi. There is a ray of hope. We also won two matches in T20. Things are looking better for J&K cricket.”
Rasool has openly criticized the J&K cricket board for not looking after the players in a better way. Rasool recalls his experience of playing for India back in 2014 and how he had hoped that things will change, however, even the BCCI have failed to look at the obvious shortcomings and improve things for J&K Cricket.
Continuing his statement, Rasool said: “In 2014 I played for India and that time I felt I would be an inspiration to J&K. But unfortunately, nothing happened. I was very disappointed.’’
Quotes Credit: Telangana Today