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J&K allrounder Rasool in India A squad

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January 2, 2013

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Parvez Rasool, the Jammu and Kashmir allrounder, has been included in the 14-member India A squad to play the warm-up one-day match against England on January 6 in Delhi.

Another notable inclusion in the squad is fast bowler Sreesanth, who returned to competitive cricket last month after nearly a year out with injury. The side will be led by Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund, and does not have any players from the teams that qualified for the Ranji quarter-finals, which start this weekend.

Rasool has been rewarded for a strong showing with both bat and ball in J&K's otherwise disappointing run in this year's Ranji Trophy. He finished on top of both batting and bowling charts for the team with 594 runs, including two centuries, and 33 wickets.

He thanked former left-arm spinner Bishan Bedi, who is J&K's coach, for playing a big role in his development. "Bedi sir has a huge role in my success," Rasool told PTI. "Initially, I was a batsman who could bowl part-time off-breaks but it was at his [Bedi] insistence that I began to concentrate more on developing my bowling skills.

"Bedi made us realise that we are here to compete and not just to participate. Earlier, J&K players used to play for the heck of it but now we believe in ourselves. We believe that we have the talent to be among the best."

Rasool has become the first cricketer from the Jammu and Kashmir team to be selected in an Indian team to play an international side and the fourth - behind Abid Nabi, Surendra Singh and Abdul Qayoom - to be picked in a national-level squad.

Qayoom was the first J&K cricketer to play the Wills Trophy (the Irani Trophy of the ODIs) for the Wills XI in December 1990 and also played in the Deodhar Trophy in 1996-97. Surendra represented North Zone in the 2000-01 Duleep Trophy and played for India B in the 2001-02 NKP Salve Challenger Trophy.

Rasool was detained for questioning three years ago in Bangalore in connection with a suspected presence of explosives at the Chinnaswamy stadium ahead of a Champions League match. He was given a clean chit a few days later.

Other Ranji performers who were called up include Ishwar Pandey, the Madhya Pradesh seamer, who is the top-wicket taker in the tournament this season. Haryana seamer Mohit Sharma, who is fourth on the wicket-takers list, has also been included.

India A squad: Abhinav Mukund (capt), M Vijay, Robin Bist, Kedar Jadhav, Ashok Menaria, Rohit Motwani (wk), Jalaj Saxena, Akshay Darekar, Ishwar Pandey, Sreesanth, Rishi Dhawan, Paras Dogra, Mohit Sharma, Parvez Rasool

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Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

Parvez rasool should be included as he came out as best all rounder in ranji ,,, he is group c player and giving him chance means trusting talent... hope he will be selected...

Posted by lonewarriorram on (January 5, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Over all a very good selection. Good job done by selectors this time. I would have more happy to see other opener in place of M Vijay. This bloke has pathetic average and strike rate in ODIs he has played even when compared to Sir R Jadeja. Hopefully these players will perform against quality english attack and push the senior team members who are riding on past performances. All the best guys prove what you are made of.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (January 5, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

I would suggest selectors to include Rassool and Ishwar Pandey straightaway to the Indian squad against England as we have nothing to lose. Atleast we can can try rasool as an allrounder and pandey as pacer.Also Pandey can effectively use long handle.

Posted by sidatmums on (January 5, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

Good job done by sandeep patil and co.They had given a chance for some consistent performers in the first class level. Selecting sreesanth is a very good decision considering the all important southafrica tour later this year. Its nice to see rishi dhawan in the team, who has been brilliant with both bat and ball this season.He has the ability to be a very good fast bowling allrounder for india if nurtured properly. Our spin bowling bench is looking very pale and the inclusion of parveez rasool gives some hope. Abhinav mukund, sreesanth, rishi dhawan, ishwar pandey, parveez rassol and paras dogra are the players to watch out for. GO INDIA

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