Indian cricketer Parvez Rasool, playing for the Pune Warriors of the Indian Premier League, has covered up the logo on his uniform of a liquor brand that is one of the sponsors of the his team. He sought and received permission from the club to do so. â€œI used tape to hide the logo and people were initially wondering why I was doing this. I told them that it is because my religion prohibits alcohol consumption. I canâ€™t endorse liquor brand. For me my belief is paramount. My family is happy with the decision,â€ Rasool told The Sunday Express. Initially, Rasool did not realize that the logo was that of a liquor brand. â€œI found it on the internet. So I decided that I would hide it even during practice sessions,â€ he added.
The 24-year-old is making his IPL debut this season. The all-rounder is also the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play in the IPL. â€œThis is the proudest day of my life. And the whole of Jammu and Kashmir was watching the match and I am proud of that. I feel really great. First of all, thanks to Almighty Allah, I have made it this far. It feels really nice to get an opportunity in the IPL and to be able to perform at this level,â€ Rasool told IPLT20.com
â€œI would like to dedicate my debut performance to the entire state of Jammu & Kashmir and all the well-wishers all around India,â€ he added. â€œJacques Kallis is definitely a legend; the best all-rounder in cricket. So, it felt really good to get his wicket. Kallisâ€™ wicket was something truly special for me,â€ he added.
Rasool was full of nerves at first, but teammate Yuvraj Singh helped to calm him down. â€œYes, the first couple of balls I was nervous. Then Yuvi Paaji (Yuvraj Singh) came over to me and helped me settle down. I came to know this morning (that I am part of the playing XI) and I was really happy and excited at the prospect of playing. I was training real hard for whenever I would get the chance to play for PW. And I wanted to make sure I grabbed that chance with both hands,â€ Rasool said.