NEW DELHI (AFP) – Parvez Rasool on Friday became the first Kashmiri cricketer to be selected for India after he was named for a limited-overs series against Zimbabwe later this month.
The 24-year-old off-spinner and a useful lower order batsman was picked in a new-look 15-man squad for five one-day internationals in Zimbabwe from July 24 to August 3.
Rasool, who hails from Bij Behara town in Indian Kashmir's Anantnag district, rose to fame in February when he grabbed 7-45 against the touring Australians in a warm-up match in Chennai ahead of the Test series.
Former India spinner Bishan Bedi, who coached the Jammu and Kashmir first-class team, rated Rasool highly. "He is an orthodox off-spinner, is a brilliant all-round cricketer and a very good athlete," said Bedi.
Virat Kohli will lead the side in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was rested after suffering a hamstring injury in the first match of the ongoing tri-series in the West Indies.
The World Cup holders will be without seven players who were part of the recent Champions Trophy-winning campaign in the United Kingdom.
India's squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Parvez Rasool, Mohammad Shami, Vinay Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohit Sharma.