Citing J&K’s cricket scene, Rasool mulls playing for another state

The first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play for senior national team is hurt by the lack of facilities for the cricketers from the region.

Parvez Rasool is peeved with the cricket administration in Jammu and Kashmir.   -  K. R. Deepak

A few years ago when Parvez Rasool made it to Team India, he had made a remarkable statement. As the media across the country wanted to know his reaction on being selected for the national side, the cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir felt only cricket could come as a reliever for the valley. Back then, he was dreaming of making it big in the international arena.

But some four year later, Rasool appears to be disillusioned. Not that Team India snub is bothering him, the all-rounder is unhappy with the way the game is being run in Jammu and Kashmir. With state cricket body reeling under corruption charges, the India international believes the young cricketers have very little to look forward to. "There is no hope here. When I made it to the national side a few years ago, the youngsters saw me as an inspiration. But now, the dreams are shattered," a dejected Rasool told Sportstar from Kalyani, where Jammu and Kashmir is playing the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

With the situation looking grim, Rasool is even planning to play for a different state. "But that won't happen overnight. I will wait for the situation to improve. But if the condition remains the same, then I will have to look out for a new team," Rasool said. The all-rounder also indicated that his progress at the national level was halted because there was no one to push their cause. "Every player has a time span of three to four years which can be termed as a make-or-break period. And, if no one fights for you, then what's the point in delivering the goods?" Rasool questioned.

The first cricketer from the valley to play for senior national team and state's only representative in the cash-rich IPL is hurt by the lack of facilities for the cricketers from the region. “We lack facilities. We just have two wickets in entire Jammu and Kashmir — one in Jammu and another in Kashmir, 300 kilometres apart. Players will obviously suffer. When I was included in Team India, I thought our problems will be over.

"Look at the environment in Kalyani. There are so many nets here. Here you can enjoy cricket,” the off-spinner lamented.

“But back home, infrastructure is almost nil. There’s talent definitely. But nothing has changed. Worst things happening. Hope the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators improves the conditions.”

“Cricket must go on. There’s politics everywhere but cricket does not suffer. There’s infrastructure, coaches and facility. I’m thinking of quitting but it’s at an early stage and there’s nothing official as yet.”

He is also peeved with the cricket administration and revealed he had offers from "two-three states" a couple of years back but he stayed on for the pride of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Non-cricketers are ruling the association without any knowledge of the game. If your team does well your chances of representing India also improves. We have huge potential but our problems not helping the situation.”

(With inputs from PTI)

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