Srinagar, Aug 3: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday lashed out at the BCCI for not fielding all-rounder Parvez Rasool in any of the five ODI games against Zimbabwe.
"Did you really have to take him all the way to Zimbabwe to demoralise him? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just do it at home?" Omar said in a sarcastic tweet after Rasool was not included in the last game against the minnows.
Disappointed at Rasool's non-inclusion in the playing XI for the ongoing Zimbabwe tour, Omar urged the BCCI to give him a chance to prove himself.
"Come on BCCI give the young man (Rasool) a chance to prove himself," Omar wrote on his twitter page on Friday.
The Chief Minister, an avid cricket follower, had expressed disappointment that the Jammu and Kashmir cricketer has not been given a game even though India has taken an unassailable lead in the five-match ODI series.
Rasool is the only member of the 15-player squad who has not seen any action so far. Ajinkya Rahane was warming the bench alongside Rasool, but the opening batsman got his chance in today's game.
Rasool shot to fame with a brilliant all-round performance in the Ranji Trophy last season by scoring 594 runs and grabbing 33 wickets.
His selection to national squad was fast-tracked after he took seven wickets in one innings of a tour game against visiting Australians earlier this year.
Did you really have to take him all the way to Zimbabwe to demoralise him?? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just do it at home??? #Rasool— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) August 3, 2013