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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
SRINAGAR , August 02, 2013
A few weeks ago, Pervez Rasool created history by becoming the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to be named in the senior Indian team, currently on a tour to Zimbabwe. For the Kashmiris, the dream to see him play for the Team India is yet to be realised. With only one match left in the five-match series, Rasool is yet to be inducted into the playing 11.

But Rasool is hopeful and told Hindustan Times that he was likely to play in the last match on August 3. "Inshallah, I am hopeful," he said. The delay has even prompted chief minister Omar Abdullah asking for a chance for him. In a late-night tweet on August 1, the chief minister wrote, "Really disappointed that Parvez Rasool hasn't been given a game in Zimbabwe. Come on BCCI give the young man a chance to prove himself."

Rasool, 24, who was in the contention for the national side for a while now after a string of impressive performances, was selected after selectors preferred to go in with a young team for the ongoing series.

Rasool had shot to limelight with a seven-wicket haul against the visiting Australians while playing for the Board President's XI earlier this year.