Twenty-year-old Parvez Rasool was the highest scorer for Jammu and Kashmir under-22 team last year, including two back-to-back centuries. He did so well that he forced himself into the Ranji side, even if it was only for the last match of the season. But this time around, Rasool is so mentally traumatised that holding the bat in the nets is a problem.
Rasool was recently in the news for all the wrong reasons, after Bangalore police detained him for a day saying his bag contained traces of explosives. “I had not just come here just to play in the CK Nayudu tournament. I was keen on the trials for the Ranji Trophy. But I am unable to concentrate. I don't know whether I'll be able to perform my best,'' Rasool told the Hindustan Times from Bangalore.
The team is playing in Bangalore. Rasool, who bats at No. 4 and is also an off-spinner, says the year was crucial for him as he was hoping to get to the big league. His brother Asif also plays in the Ranji Trophy for J&K.
The other issue weighing Rasool down is his panic-stricken parents. “My parents have been supportive and I have been travelling since I turned 13.
“Convincing them to allow me to leave home to play cricket will be difficult,” he said. “I have been going out of Kashmir but this has never happened to me. I am too shocked.''
Recalling the day, Rasool said. “The police team came to my room and said that they wanted to check the room. The bag had the Quran in it. I told them to frisk with hands and not let the dog sniff it. They agreed, searched the place and the bag and left.”
After breakfast, he found the room doors open and police asked him to accompany him for questioning.
“They were not rough, they were decent, even gave us lunch. Besides I was convinced that nothing would happen to me as I was totally innocent and have done nothing wrong,” he recalls.
Rasool says the team got the bags from the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association on October 8 and they left Kashmir on October 10, 2009. “We passed through four airports before reaching Bangalore. Kashmir airport has the highest security. The baggage is hand checked thrice and scanned twice, nothing came out of there,” said Rasool.
Rasool is grateful for all the support he received.
“I am thankful to all, my association, and both Farooq Abdullah and the chief minister,” he said.
At the end of the day, though, Rasool is viewing the episode philosophically, and says it's god's will: “Allah ki marzi thi, zaroor is mein kuch acha hoga.”
No comment from Karnataka Body
The Karnataka State Cricket Association has refused to comment on the incident, but sources said that this was a matter for the police to address. Once the alarm went off, the KSCA's security firm had no option but to hand the matter over to the police.
“We have sent the bag to the Forensic Science Laboratory. It may take couple of days to receive the report.
“Things will be clear once the report is available,” city Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari said.