"Hope he gets more games," was the reaction of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, shortly after Parvez Rasool became the lone cricketer from the state to get a buyer in the high-profile Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Thursday.
"Very pleased to hear Parvez Rasool has been picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 95 lakh. Here's hoping he gets more games than when with Pune," Omar, a keen cricket fan, said on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
For Rasool, it turned out to be a perfect birthday gift on Thursday when Sunrisers Hyderabad picked him for Rs 95 lakh.
Omar, who has been following the cricketer's career closely, was disappointed when Rasool was selected in the Indian team to Zimbabwe, but never got a chance to be in the playing eleven.
During the Ranji Trophy season, in which the state created a history by qualifying to the quarter finals for the first time, the chief minister had been appreciating the hard work of the players, especially Rasool, who hails from south Kashmir.
Rasool had been picked by Pune Warriors in the last season for `20 lakh and he played only two matches and took one wicket.
Union minister and president of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association Farooq Abdullah also expressed happiness over Rasool's selection in IPL 2014, stating that the youngster would set an example for other youths in the state and encourage them to play in the national team.