Parvez Rasool not surprised by selections to India squad

Jul 06, 2013, 04:07 IST | Agencies

Parvez Rasool yesterday became the first Kashmiri cricketer to be selected for India after he was named in the side that will play five ODIs against Zimbabwe between July 24 to August 3.

Rasool, who hails from Bij Behara town in Anantnag district, rose to fame in February when he grabbed 7-45 against the touring Australians in a warm-up match in Chennai ahead of the Test series.

Parvez Rasool
Parvez Rasool

“I am very happy that my name has been included in the Indian team. I did a lot of hard work this season, performed well in domestic cricket where I took 33 wickets and scored 594 runs. I also did well against Australia, so I was expecting a call up for the Zimbabwe tour,” Rasool told reporters here.

“I was expecting the selectors to give rest to (Ravichandran) Ashwin for this tour. I would like to thank almighty Allah... without his help this all was impossible for me,” he added.

Former India spinner Bishan Bedi, who coached the Jammu and Kashmir first-class team, rates Rasool highly. “He is an orthodox off-spinner, is a brilliant all-round cricketer and a very good athlete,” said Bedi.

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