Parvez Rasool was a man of many firsts in Jammu and Kashmir cricket. The versatile player is not only the first cricketer in the valley to play international cricket, but he was also a pioneer in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 2013, when Pune Warriors India entered him, he was the first from Jammu and Kashmir to participate in the tournament.
Even though he failed to cement a place in the Indian team, Rasool has been a consistent performer in the national circuit. Under its captaincy, Jammu and Kashmir reached the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy this year, before descending to Karnataka.
During his long career, Rasool has also been a source of inspiration for young cricketers in the region. And following in his footsteps, figures like Abdul Samad have made their presence felt at the highest level.
Featured in his first IPL season, Samad won praise from former cricketers for his full show for Sunrisers Hyderabad. And Rasool believes that with more facilities and better infrastructure, the valley will produce more of these young talents.
“When I played in the IPL or the Indian team, the facilities in Jammu and Kashmir were not up to par compared to other states. We didn’t even have 10% of those facilities, ”Rasool said on the Tissot presents Sportstar Extras T20 Time show.
Even now there aren’t a lot of pitches and it’s definitely a challenge for the players. “But yes, a new stadium is coming and I think that will motivate the players because it will have better facilities. I would say things have improved a bit in recent years. If we get better facilities, we will have more players coming from Jammu and Kashmir, ”said Rasool, who has played for India in only One-Day International and Twenty20 International.
Having seen Samad since his formative years, Rasool is happy to see him excel in the IPL. “Abdul Samad is a very good player. He’s fantastic and over the years he’s seen a phenomenal rise. He did well in the T20s, the Ranji Trophy and the Limit Pass tournament. It was a great year for him. In the current Ranji Trophy team, we have a lot of young people, and with a mentor like Irfan Pathan, they learn a lot, ”said Rasool.
This time around, four bowlers from the valley traveled to the UAE as net bowlers with various teams. And Rasool believes these experiences will help Jammu and Kashmir cricket to develop further.