Parvez Rasool might switch his state if cricketing infrastructure don’t improve in Jammu & Kashmir
Updated - Mar 7, 2017 12:37 am
Jammu and Kashmir captain and India international Parvez Rasool is seeking to play for a different state if cricketing infrastructure and facilities don’t improve drastically in the turbulent state. He is very angry with the manner in which cricket is going on in his state. Rasool is the one and only cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir who have represented the senior national team.
“Yes, I am the pride of Jammu and Kashmir. Youngsters get inspired from me. But things have not improved over the years. A player has a time span of three to four years which can be termed as a make-or-break period. I am in national reckoning. If things don’t change, I may have to think about other options like playing for a different state,” Rasool was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
He revealed that the cricketers from his state don’t even get the basic facilities to play top notch cricket. “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,” Rasool further added.
He also revealed a hidden fact that he was being approached by two or three other states but he didn’t leave for the pride of Jammu & Kashmir. He finds immense satisfaction to play for his state but if the cricketing infrastructure doesn’t improve, an international material like Rasool have to switch his playing state.
“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,” he concluded.