Srinagar: Promising Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parvez Rasool has expressed confidence of making it to the Indian cricket team, but also made it clear in no uncertain terms that politics should not be associated with his selection.
“I have performed and am optimistic about playing for India… I will make it, nothing is impossible,” Rasool said.
“But I don’t want any politics with my game... I don’t know how they bring politics into cricket,” the 24-year-old said referring to a report that claimed that the Indian government is understood to be pushing for Rasool’s inclusion in the national side with an eye to defuse the tense political situation in the state following the execution of Afzal Guru.
This has, understandably, not gone well with the cricketer, who has been dreaming to don the India jersey for years now. Rasool had a good outing for Board President’s XI against Australia, picking up seven wickets while also contributing useful runs with the bat.