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Rasool Covers Up Liquor Logo

May 16, 2013 by  


By Parvez Fatteh, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

Parvez Rasool_Vijay Hazare_PTI_0Indian 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. “I 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 can’t endorse liquor brand. For me my belief is paramount. My family is happy with the decision,” Rasool told The Sunday Express. Initially, Rasool did not realize that the logo was that of a liquor brand. “I found it on the internet. So I decided that I would hide it even during practice sessions,” 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. “This 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,” Rasool told IPLT20.com

“I would like to dedicate my debut performance to the entire state of Jammu & Kashmir and all the well-wishers all around India,” he added. “Jacques Kallis is definitely a legend; the best all-rounder in cricket. So, it felt really good to get his wicket. Kallis’ wicket was something truly special for me,” he added.

Rasool was full of nerves at first, but teammate Yuvraj Singh helped to calm him down. “Yes, 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,” Rasool said.

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