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I was hopeful of making it to India 'A' team: Rassol

January 02, 2013 16:00 IST

Promising all-rounder from Jammu and Kashmir, Parvez Rassol was rewarded for his brilliant performance in this season's Ranji Trophy after he was named in the 14-member India A squad for the practice game against England on January 6.

Rassol finished on top of both batting and bowling charts for J&K with 594 runs, including two centuries, and 33 wickets.

Rassol, thus, became the first cricketer from the state to have got a call in the India 'A' team.

Rassol was detained for questioning three years ago in Bangalore in connection with a suspected presence of explosives at the Chinnaswamy stadium ahead of a Champions League match. But he was given a clean chit a few days later.

"It's the best news I have ever got. I was one of the better performers for my team in this season's Ranji Trophy. I had produced good all-round performances. So, at the back of mind I was hopeful of making it to the India A team," an ecstatic Rassol said after his selection.

"The fact that J&K's performance in Ranji this year has been better has also helped my case. I have been playing first class cricket since 2008 but this has been my breakthrough year."

Apart from Rassol, another notable inclusion in the team is out-of-favour India pacer S Sreesanth, who last represented the senior team during India's tour of England in 2011.

Sreesanth, who made a comeback to the Kerala Ranji team after spending more than a year recuperating from a toe-injury, has picked up 10 wickets from four games he has played this season. The Abhinav Mukund-led side, however, doesn't include any player from the sides that have qualified for the quarterfinals of the ongoing Ranji Trophy.

Madhya Pradesh seamer Ishwar Pandey, the top-wicket taker in Ranji Trophy this season, has also been rewarded for his good showing with the ball.

The first 50-over warm-up game will be played at the Palam Cricket Ground. England will also take on Delhi in their second warm-up game at Ferozshah Kotla ground on January 8 prior to the ODI series against India.

India and England will play a five-match ODI series, starting January 11 in Rajkot.

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