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Balangir girl on world pitch

- Roshanara Parvin finds place in Indian cricket team

Balangir, Dec. 25: Roshanara Parvin has made this district headquarters town proud by getting selected for the Indian women’s cricket team, which will participate in the World Cup tournament in February next year.

It is just another feather in the cap of Parvin, who has already played for India in the T-20 Women’s World Cup held in Sri Lanka in September and in the Asia Cup in China.

The 20-year-old cricketer had performed well in both the tournaments.

People from various walks of life, including chief minister Naveen Patnaik, have congratulated Parvin for her selection into India’s women’s World Cup squad. She is the second girl from the state to represent the country in the sport after Madhuri Mehta, who was also a native of this town.

Parvin’s coach Arun Nayak said that she always had the potential to make it big.

“I was confident of Parveen getting into the final 14. Now that she has found a place in the team, it will be her turn to perform even better. Since the World Cup will be played in India, the pitches will spin a lot. In such a scenario, she is very likely to do well,” Nayak said.

“In her debut tournament, the women’s T-20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, she picked up four wickets in two matches,” he added.

Parveen hails from a family that has no cricketing background. However, she was always interested in cricket during her school days. She wanted to be trained in the state sports hostel. But her father did not allow that and told her that whatever she wanted to do, she had to do in Balangir. In 2007, she joined the Balangir women’s cricket team, which was formed by some cricket enthusiasts.

Her father Kaifatullah said he had stood by her whenever she needed any support. “It is a great day for us.”