New Delhi, Feb 15: All-rounder Parvez Rassol on Thursday became the first player from Jammu and Kashmir to bag an IPL contract after Pune Warriors signed him for the sixth edition of IPL.
The uncapped all-rounder from Jammu and Kashmir will be getting Rs 20 Lakh according to IPL norms. The all-rounder having impressed everyone in the first warm-up match against Australia at Chennai had expressed his desire to play the lucrative league and also for the country in the future.
Rassol talking to reporters on bagging the IPL contract said that he preferred Pune Warriors since they had approached him before the start of the first warm-up game against Australia.
After the first day of the warm-up match, many franchises showed interest in signing the cricketer, since he had claimed 7/45 to restrict Australia to 241 in the practice game.
"A few franchises approached me but it was Pune who approached me first. So it was an ethical decision to join them as they had shown interest much before the Australia match happened. I am very excited and it is an honour to play in the IPL and become the first cricketer from the valley to achieve this feat," an excited Rassol told PTI over phone from Bilaspur.
Rassol currently in Bilaspur with Jammu and Kashmir squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy said that he was excited to share the dressing room with Australian skipper Michael Clarke.
"It is a dream come true for me that I will be interacting with Michael Clarke. Also having Yuvi Paaji (Yuvraj Singh) will be a bonus. I have just started my journey in top-flight cricket and this stint with Pune will only help me grow. I hope that I will be able soak in all the information that I can get from our coach Allan Donald," he said.
After signing the all-rounder, an official representing the franchise added that "Parvez is an asset for us. He is a capable all-rounder and since we can have only four foreigners, his batting and off-break bowling makes him a good choice in the playing XI.
"Also the kind of exposure that he will be getting interacting with international cricketers will be phenomenal. Trust me, he can be a good player in the longer version too," an official stated.
The uncapped player having bagged the first IPL contract said that "I would like to convey a small message for all my well-wishers in Jammu and Kashmir. I would like to tell them that it was not only talent but hardwork that has helped me realise my dream. I believe, parents would now believe that someone can make a decent career out of cricket even from our state."