Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir cricket has certainly come a long way with cricket legends like Rahul Dravid and spin wizard noticing and observing performances of players from this part of the world.
With Parvez Rasool playing top flight cricket, things have changed a lot but administrative mess continues to haunt the growth of both senior and upcoming players.
Parvez terms the administrative handicap a big setback for J&K cricket. Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association every now and then has been in spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
“It is very unfortunate and players can’t do much about this. It is something that isn’t in our hands,” said Parvez of the mess in the JKCA.
He urged upon JKCA officials not to drag players into cricket politics. “JKCA shoudn’t play with the careers of players. Players must be left free to play the game,” said the J&K skipper.
Parvez wants JKCA to improve their image. “If you see players are doing their bit at the top and making theirmark. Now it is imperative JKCA doesn’t involve itself in controversies. They should take cue from players and make sure J&K cricket makes headlines for all the good reasons,” he said.
He is hopeful of bright future for J&K. “There is no dearth of talent. It is because of our sheer talent and hard work that we were able to defeat teams like Mumbai, Delhi, which had many team India players.” But, he felt JKCA controversies were denting J&K cricket big time.
“Whatever is happening right now in JKCA, it is denting our cricket big time. It will definitely affect our performance and god forbid if our graph goes down nobody will give J&K players a chance.” the lone cricketer to represent India from state said.
The current situation, the conventional off-spinner said, is hampering our cricket.
“It is very unfortunate for Jammu and Kashmir players and the team which has performed well at domestic level and our graph is going up for last three years and our Ranji team for the upcoming Domestic season (Ranji Trophy) is yet to be announced,” he added.
“We are yet to announce the squad or start preparation despite the fact only one month is left to the start of the new season.” The squad should have been picked three months earlier, he added.
JKCA should have organized a conditioning camp for players and should have organized longer format matches which would have been helpful for players. When there is no time preparation how can we except to win matches,” Parvez said of lack of preparation for the upcoming season.
“We need proper infra structure, basic facilities where we can practice properly to remain fit as fitness is very important and lot
of stress is given on fitness,” he stressed upon JKCA authorities to start cricketing activities as soon as possible.
When asked about his chances making comeback into India squad Parvez said “I am working hard and my performance in this year’s domestic session will play a crucial role.”
Parvez Rasool said India-A coach Rahul Dravid has helped him a lot.“He gave me valuable tips. It was a great learning experience for me. Dravid told me that he will keep an eye on my performance in the upcoming season and said that he was a phone call away from any sort of advice,” he said.
He had same words of praise for former Sri Lanka off spinner and his coach at Sunrisers Hyderabad Muttiah Muralitharan saying the spin wizard helped him a lot to fine-tune his game.
Urging youngsters to utilize whatever facilities is available to themto maximum use and remain positive in their approach.