Putting all speculations to rest star cricketer of Kashmir, Parvez Rasool said that he will be representing his home State, J&K in the upcoming domestic cricket season that includes prestigious Ranji Trophy event.
Media reports during the past two months had suggested that Parvez would be shifting base this season. “Yes, I am the pride of Jammu and Kashmir. Youngsters get inspired from me. But things have not improved over the years. A player has a time span of three to four years which can be termed as a make-or-break period. I am in national reckoning. If things don’t change, I may have to think about other options like playing for a different state,” Parvez was quoted by PTI in March this year.
However, he has made clear that he would be representing the state in the upcoming domestic cricket season.
“I gave serious thought to all the possibilities and have come to the decision that this season I will be representing my home State in the upcoming season,” Parvez said.
Parvez is the only cricketer from J&K to have represented Team India in ODI’s and T20 International. He is also the only one to play in Indian Premier League (IPL) from J&K. However, this season after being snubbed by the IPL, Parvez went on to play in Bangladesh for Gazi Group in domestic One-Day league. In the event he gave out some of the match winning performances for the Gazi Group. Upon his return to Kashmir, he has been regularly training and on Sunday while representing his home team, Bijebehara Sports Club in local Academy T20 event final he bagged man of the match award.
Recently married top all-rounder of State would have earned handsome contract apart from the usual match fees had he opted to play for other state. According to estimates , he would get anything around 20 lakhs to 30-lakhs. While playing for JK he earns only the match fee.
Parvez who will embark on Hajj pilgrimage shortly emerged as top domestic all-rounder in last season’s Ranji trophy. In 2016-17 season, Parvez scored 629 runs and took 38 wickets for JK.
“I will continue to perform in same way for JK this season and I hope that other players do the same. We need proper planning and practice before we start our season. The disturbances in association hamper over performances and also impacts overall development of cricket in JK. I hope that this uncertainty in association gets over soon,” he added. ( Greater Kashmir)