SRINAGAR: For the first time in the history of J&K cricket, two cricketers have been selected for India Under-19 team which is going to play in a series in England.
The selection of J&K’s promising young cricketers Qamran Iqbal and Rasikh Salam in the Indian Under-19 Cricket team for the forthcoming Tri-Series in England has kindled hopes for other talented cricketers of both the regions as they get a feeling that it is their turn in the coming seasons to represent the country.
Both of them were part of National Cricket Academy after doing well in the U-19 tournaments. Qamran has previously represented India U-19 while Rasikh made his away after IPL stint with Mumbai Indians.
“The selection of two boys in the Indian squad is a huge thing to happen in the history of Cricket in Jammu and Kashmir. It is an ecstatic moment for the entire cricketing fraternity of the State. Their selection has opened the doors for other talented aspirants of Jammu and Kashmir to represent the State at the highest level. In the present era, talent does not remain untapped in the scheme of things in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). I reckon, it will be my turn now,” said a promising Under-19 Cricketer of the State from this region while expressing happiness and giving vent to his feelings.
It is also first time that two J&K cricketers have found place in India Under-19 at the same time.
It is pertinent to mention here that both Qamran and Rasikh have performed consistently well last season, besides impressing selectors at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
Before the pair of Qamran and Rasikh, Shubham Khajuria from Jammu had already represented India in Under-19 Tournament a few years back and now the talented young cricketers like Kanaihya Wadhawan, Musaif Ajaz, Abdul Samad, Vivrant Sharma, Jiyaad Nazir Magray and likes are waiting in the wings to represent the country.
Lauding the budding cricketers, J&K’s lone international cricketer Parvez Rasool wrote on his official Facebook handle,
“Congratulations to Rasikh Salam and Qamran Iqbal two boys from J&k in under-19 team great all the best you guys are deserving to be there..”
To select team, All-India Junior Selection Committee met in Surat to pick the India U19 team for the one-day Tri-series in England starting July 21, 2019. India will play the U19 sides of hosts England and Bangladesh in the tournament. Team will leave from Delhi on July 15.
India U19 Squad: Priyam Garg (C), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Thakur Tilak Verma, Divyansh Saxena, Shaswat Rawat, Dhruv Chand Jurel (WK), Shubhang Hegde, Ravi Bishnoi, Vidyadhar Patil, Sushant Mishra, Rasik Salam, Sameer Rizvi, Pragnesh Kanpillewar, Kamran Iqbal, Priyesh Patel (WK), Karan Lal, Purnank Tyagi, Anshul Khamboj