IPL 2017: Parvez Rasool favourite to replace injured Ashwin in RPS squad


SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir skipper Parvez Rasool could well be playing for Rising Pune Supergiant in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League set to commence next week thanks to injury to their premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Parvez who represented Royal Challengers Bangalore last season wasn’t retained by Virat Kohli led side and didn’t find any takers in the auction early this year.

Ashwin’s injury could be Parvez’s again with the Pune think tank calling the J&K’s only international cricketer yet for the trials along with uncapped young Tamil Nadu all-rounder Washington Sundar.

Parvez who has represented India in a solitary T-20 international has a fair bit of experience playing in the IPL having already represented erstwhile Pune Warriors, Sunrisers Hyderabad and RCB. The J&K offie who is also capable batsman hasn’t set the IPL on the fire thus far failing to take wickets and stem the run flow.

With him closing on finding another franchise to show his skills for, Parvez would hope this season is one that gives him chance to make a jump in the pecking order of upcoming spinners in the Indian domestic circuit vying for a place in the national side.

“Rasool has experience, while Washington is young and impressive. Both have been amongst the wickets in the recently concluded List A tournaments and that has probably earned them this opportunity,” a source in RPS was quoted as saying by an Indian English daily.

Earlier, reports were doing the rounds that the new RPS skipper Steve Smith tried to convince the franchise owners to get his Australian team mate Nathan Lyon as a replacement for Ashwin but the management has opted for the local talent.

Ashwin is suffering from sports hernia and he underwent scans in Mumbai after the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy concluded in Dharamsala.

Ashwin’s absence will be badly missed by his franchise, which will be playing it’s second IPL season. South Africa spinner Imran Tahir, who was bought after Mitchell Marsh was ruled out, will now be heading spin department along with Australian Adam Zampa.

It will be interesting to see whether Pune go for both Parvez and Sundar or either of them.


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