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Some three years after he was detained by the police on the suspicion of carrying explosives, Parvez Rasool, Jammu and Kashmir's explosive batsman and off-spinner today realised his dream of playing for India.
23-year-old Rasool was chosen to play for India 'A' side against England in a warm up match here on January 6, becoming the first player from the state to make it to the national side.
"Like any other cricketer, I want to play for the country," an excited Rasool said after the selection.
"Bad dream" -- that is his description of the incident in October 2009 when Bangaluru Police detained him for several hours after his kit-bag allegedly showed traces of explosives. He was let off without any charges.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had said that Rasool was made a scapegoat and was detained mistakenly.
"There was some defect in the (bag-scanning) machine (at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore) and Parvez was made a scapegoat and detained mistakenly," Abdullah had said.
Rasool was rewarded for his performance in the domestic circuit this season, having amassed 594 runs and picked up 33 wickets from his seven matches.
J&K gave a much better account of themselves during the current Ranji season compiling 15 points from eight games, but it was not enough to ensure them a place in the knock-outs.
The team won two matches, drew three and lost three to be placed at number seven in the Group C.
However, Rasool said his selection in the 'A' team will open up avenues for other players in the state.
"It is a huge boost, not only for me but for the entire team. It adds to the value of J&K cricketers. They will be looked in for IPL," said Rasool.
The South Kashmir based cricketer, though, insisted that it was always India first and IPL later for him.