This year Kashmir has a personal interest in IPL

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Srinagar, April 02: This year Kashmir will watch the big money spinning IPL with renewed interest. The inclusion of all-rounder Parvez Rasool into the Pune Warriors team has many a youth excited as Rasool will be rubbing shoulders with the cricket icons like M S Dhoni, Shane Watson and many others from all over the globe.
Rasool is the first Kashmiri who has made it to the IPL. Many believe that his entry into the IPL has infused a new blood to the cricketing world of Kashmir and the long pending wish of the Kashmiri’s to see a local boy playing at international level seem to be coming true. In South Kashmir, the native place of Rasool, the local cricketers feel proud to say that they have played with Rasool and the JK Cricket Association (JKCA) is also proud of the boy. The JKCA officials believe that Rasool will become the role model for other talented players of the valley.
Wishing Rasool well, JKCA chairman Muhammad Aslam Goni says he is confident that others from state will also hit the big league very soon. “Our two other boys have also been taken for the under-19 national camp. I am sure one of them will probably find the place in the U-19 world cup”, Goni said.
Beyond the corridors of JKCA, Rasool’s entry into the IPL is widely appreciated. Many boys in South Kashmir feel proud in saying “we know Parvez Rasool very well. We have played with him”.
Feroz Ahmad Dar, a talented young cricketer from Shopian, who has played cricket with Parvez couple of times in local tournaments says, “For me it seems as if I am playing in IPL. No matter whosoever it is at last he is a Kashmiri and we are proud of him,” he said.
In terms of Cricket, Kashmir loves the sport, but unfortunately, players from the state could not prove their mettle on the national platform.. Now it seems the things are changing in favour of Kashmiri cricketers.
Several cricket legends, be it South-African Jhonty Rhodes or India’s Kapil Dev during their visits to valley praised the talent of Kashmiri boys. But no Kashmiri made it beyond the Ranjhi trophy. Parvez Rasool crossed all that borders and not only reached to IPL but also was a part of India A team that played the Aussies. Parvez took seven wickets in the match.
Now all eyes in Kashmir are on April the 5th when Parvez’s team Pune Warriors’ takes on SunTV owned Hyderaba Sunrisers , a dn the valley hopes cable tv does not play a truant.

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