Hailing from a land famous for its willow, Kashmiri cricketer Parveez Rasool son of Ghulam Rasool has turned a hero for a lifetime in one defining moment. This off-spinner from Anantnag District of Jammu & Kashmir State rattled Australia with a seven wicket haul for India “A” in a pre-test series warm up match. Coached by Abdul Qayoom, Rasool is being treated as one of the best spinners in the country by none other than former India Captain Bishan Singh Bedi. Parveez having already bagged a deal to represent Pune Warriors for his IPL debut an ethical grounds as it was the first franchise to approach him even before the success against Australia.
Rasool has met with a warm reception from hundreds of people lined the streets of Bijbehara, a small town of District Anantnag. He has earned the distinction of becoming the first ever player from the state to represent India “A” team. Rasool’s elder brother Asif has also played Ranji Trophy for J&K as an all rounder. He has a very good Ranji season with 600 runs in seven matches & 33 wickets in his kitty followed by the magical 7/45 against Australia. Facing all odds of his life, he has reached here with sheer dedication and lot of hard work. He insists he will never move out of his state as it has encapsulated his life long struggle. During his early years he used to play on matting wickets only. One half of the year would be lost to the weather and then there would be constant disruptions in the form of strikes and protests. It was a tough time for him to do practice and played the game with meager facilities and no infrastructure. Parveez seems to be very optimistic as far his cricket career is concerned and he wants another stint with team India as a member, not a guest.
Like Parveez, Kashmir valley is full of talented youths who are eagerly waiting for a breakthrough to excel themselves in filed of sports fraternity. Not only in cricket, youth of J&K state are showing their skill in other sports events like Football, Hockey, Wu Shu, and Fencing etc. Hope in near future, these talented youth could represent their country. Off-spinner Parveez Rasool has already given the valley reason to dream by putting the kangroos on the mat. Now he is playing for a national team cap. We wish him best of luck and proud to have such talent from Kashmir Valley. He is a role model for those kashmiri youth who are wasting their precious time and future while indulging in unlawful activities. Such youth should take lesson from him by diverting their energy for making carrier in different fields and earn name & fame for them and their families.