Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir allrounder Parvez Rasool has made heads turn with his game, and while the rising Indian star is confident of making it to the national squad, he has urged that politics shouldn't be mixed with his talent.
After Rasool picked up seven wickets for the Board President's XI in the tour game against the visiting Australian team, media reports suggested the Indian government is trying to hasten his selection in the national squad to win hearts in the valley. But Rasool says politics has no role to play in his cricketing career.
"I don't want any politics in my game. I don't know how they bring politics into cricket," the 24-year-old wrote on his Facebook page. "I have showed my performance and have definite chance to play for India. Insha Allah I will make it, nothing is impossible," Rasool mentioned.
Parvez Rasool after taking a wicket during the match between BP XI and Australia XI. (PTI)
Rasool's selection for the Board President's XI was based on his Ranji Trophy exploits in 2012-13, where he was the highest run-getter and wicket-taker for his state side Jammu and Kashmir. He has also been picked by the Indian Premier League franchise Pune Warriors India for the league's sixth season starting in April this year.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, however, has rubbished media reports saying Rasool was being fast-tracked to the national side by the Indian government.
"Parvez Rasool should play for Team India when the selectors think he deserves to be there. Don't destroy everything he's worked this way," Abdullah had written on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
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(With inputs from PTI)