In a big setback for North Zone ahead of the Duleep Trophy semi-final against Central Zone, captain Harbhajan Singh has been forced to sit out due to viral fever as Gautam Gambhir will step in as the leader, here on Tuesday.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah congratulated Parvez Rasool for becoming the first cricketer from the state to play for India when the off-spinner took the field in the opening ODI of the three-match series against Bangladesh Sunday.
After becoming the first Jammu and Kashmir player to be selected in an IPL team in 2013, Parvez Rasool is now ready for his second stint in the T20 league and reckons that the presence of star players in his team will help him grow as a cricketer.
"Hope he gets more games," was the reaction of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, shortly after Parvez Rasool became the lone cricketer from the state to get a buyer in the high-profile IPL auction today.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister on Sunday lauded the state cricket team for reaching the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal this season, saying that the performance of Parveez Rasool and Co. was something to feel proud of.
Their fairytale run in the Ranji Trophy came to an end with a crushing quarterfinal loss today but Jammu and Kashmir captain Parveez Rasool said his team is not the least bit disheartened and will emerge stronger next season.
Jammu and Kashmir find itself in a tight corner after Hyderabad reduced the hosts to 198 for six in their first innings in reply to the visiting team`s mammoth 514 for eight declared at stumps on the third and penultimate day of a Group C Ranji Trophy match, here on Tuesday.
Adil Rishi and skipper Parvez Rasool scored unbeaten centuries before pacer Mohammed Mudhasir returned with a five-wicket haul to guide Jammu and Kashmir to a convincing 278 runs win over Kerala in a Ranji Trophy Group C match, on Sunday.
A 172-run partnership for the second wicket between opener Kraigg Brathwaite (92, 12x4) and skipper Kirk Edwards (91, 5x4) propped up the West Indies A first innings as India A fought back with a couple of wickets late in the day to peg the visitors to 264/5 at stumps on the first day of the four-day game here Wednesday.
Unfazed by the politics that followed after he became the first player from Jammu and Kashmir to be picked in the Indian team, all-rounder Parvez Rasool on Tuesday said that he should be seen and judged solely as a cricketer.
Parvez Ghulam Rasool Zargar, to give his full name, is a decent off-spinner and handy batsman to be considered a bowling all-rounder. It is immaterial whether he came from Kashmir or Kerala, he will play for India if he is good enough to earn his cap. A cap can`t be handed out for sentimental reasons.