Family elated over Parvez Rasool’s international cricket debut

This is an occasion every parent should be proud of: Parvez’s father

Srinagar: The family of Parvez Rasool, who became the first player from Kashmir to play for Indian national cricket team, is jubilant for his inclusion in the playing eleven. Their happiness knew no boundaries when they saw Parvez on the playfield.

“We are extremely happy with Parvez’s success. Everybody is happy that he is playing his first international match today. We thank God for bestowing this upon us,” Ghulam Rasool Zargar, Parvez’s father said .

“This is an occasion every parent should be proud of,” he added.

Parvez’s home in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara buzzed with activity with every member of the family glued to the TV screen. “We are all watching him (Parvez) playing in the match. We are very happy with Parvez’s performance,” Aqib Rasool, elder brother to Parvez said.

Parvez took two wickets in his quota of ten over’s against Bangladesh in the first ODI of the 3-match series. He conceded sixty runs and took two key wickets of Anamul Haque and Mushifur Rehman, the Bangladeshcaptain, when both were looking to accelerate.

Rasool became the first player from Kashmir to play for Indian national cricket team with his debut againstBangladesh on Sunday.

Parvez was first included in the Indian squad in 2012 for Zimbabwe tour. However, he did not play any match on the tour and warmed the benches. The non-inclusion of Parvez in the playing eleven had irked Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah.

“Really disappointed that Parvez Rasool hasn’t been given a game in Zimbabwe,” he had said on Twitter.

This year Parvez Rasool played three matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League . Sunrisers Hyderabad had bought Parvez at Rs 95 Lakh. Earlier, he also played for Pune Warriors in the 2012 edition of IPL and also took Jacques Kallis’s wicket in a game.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister also expressed joy after Parvez took his first international wicket. “So very happy for Parvez Rasool. He’s got his 1st ODI wicket with the dismissal of Anamul. Let’s hope this is the 1st of many, well done,” Omar tweeted.