Amid Political Commotion, Cricketer Parvez Rasool Says, Boys Mentally Unprepared to Play Ranji Trophy



Parvez Rasool

10 days before the start of Ranji Trophy 2015, the state cricket team is in a state of confusion as the battle between two factions in the state cricket body in court has “severely hampered their preparations”.

This was stated by the star cricketer of the state, Parvez Rasool, who himself isn’t sure over his captaincy. “I wanted to work hard and prepare myself for the long season ahead,” Parvez told Indian Express. “But there was a surprise in store for me when I reached home. The two factions of J&K cricket were involved in a court battle.”

Being the only cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir who has played international cricket for India, Parvez said players were troubled and there seemed no solution in sight. “Forgot senior players,” he said, “even the under-14 boys didn’t know what to do. We have just 10 days left for our Ranji Trophy games and we don’t know which group we should join or which camp we had to attend. We don’t even know if we will be playing at home or not.”

Amid commotion, the cricketer said, he doesn’t feel like playing with those who are in contention for Ranji team “as the vibe isn’t nice”.

“Everywhere I go,” he said, “there is talk of uncertainty… I was captain for J&K team and I would start pre-season by watching some players, be it new or old, but now I don’t know whether I will be leading the side or not. There is confusion over which group BCCI is supporting. How can you expect us to concentrate? For the last few seasons, this team has changed the image of J&K cricket but now these court cases have spread negativity. No camp, no practice games, no probables list till date.”

“To be honest,” he said, “I don’t think we are mentally prepared to play.”


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