Rasool joins Pune Warriors for IPL 6

Rasool being felicitated in Kashmir. Photo by: Yawar Kabli, Kashmir Dispatch Rasool being felicitated in Kashmir. Photo by: Yawar Kabli, Kashmir Dispatch
Off-spinner Parveez Rasool, who likes to consider himself as an all-rounder, on Thursday became the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to bag an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract.

He was signed up by Pune Warriors India for the 2013 season. Rasool, who was a star performer for the Board President's XI by grabbing seven Australian wickets, was being chased by at least three franchises but he signed for the Sahara owned franchise.

Rasool's 7/45 in the two-day practice game against the Australians in Chennai capped a good Ranji Trophy season for him. He picked up 33 wickets and also contributing 594 runs with the bat in seven matches for Jammu and Kashmir.

Rasool’s victims against the touring Aussies included opener Ed Cowan, wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade, and all-rounder Steven Smith. Rasool’s timely performance has given him an outside chance of being considered for the No.6 slot in the four-Test series.

There are several claimants to the position. Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane have been named in the squad for the first two Tests, and they have an in-form Suresh Raina, who has not been selected, breathing down their neck.

Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar and Bengal’s Manoj Tiwary, who scored an unconvincing half-century in the Irani Cup, may also come into reckoning if the first choices fail. Another prospect Ambati Rayudu kept himself in contention with a strokeful 87 against the touring Australians. Rayudu had also scored a big century in the recent Irani Trophy final against Mumbai.

The hundred notwithstanding, Rayudu’s half-century at Chennai came against a strong Australian bowling attack comprising Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Jackson Bird.

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