Srinagar, Sep 21: Family of Abdul Samad, the lone cricketer from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, who was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a base price of 20 lakh during the auction in Kolkata in December last year, are hopeful that Samad will be included in the playing 11 to prove his mettle.
Samad’s father, Farooq Ahmad who is also a cricketer and currently working in the sports department told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that since his childhood Samad was interested in Cricket.
He said that hopefully he will be included in the playing 11 to showcase his talent.
“He has averaged over 74 in first class matches and I am hopeful he will continue his good average in IPL too.”
He requested his fans to pray for him so that he will be included in the playing 11 to prove his mettle.
Samad who originally hails from Rajouri is presently living in Sidhra area of Jammu.
He is an all-rounder and is the first cricketer from Jammu division and fifth cricketer from J&K who have been brought by different franchises to take part in the T20 league IPL.
Former cricketer and Jammu and Kashmir’s representative for BCCI Ranjeet Kalra and international cricketer Parvaiz Rasool have also said T20 is his format and they are hopeful that he will perform well to make everyone proud if given an opportunity.
Before Samad, Parvaiz Rasool, Rasikh Salam, Mohammad Mudhasir and Manzoor Pandav were picked up by teams, however, Mohammed Mudhasir and Manzoor Pandav didn’t get any match to play.
Pertinently, due to the rising cases of COVID-19, BCC1 decided to hold the entire event in UAE which started on September 19—(KNO)