Nabi feels joining ICL can improve his prospects
Trying hard to impress national selectors, Srinagar’s young paceman Abid Nabi believes the Indian Cricket League (ICL) would give him “good exposure” to improve his prospects for a berth in the India team.
“It has been my dream to play for India. Like any cricketer of my age, I still hope to play for the country one fine day,” 21-year-old Nabi told.
“ICL is a different platform. I thought the opportunity has come my way and I should accept it. I had discussion with Kiran More and some other members of the ICL,” he said added the League would help him “improving prospects” to play for India.
Nabi said he had been playing in the Ranji side from Jammu and Kashmir for the past three years and had bagged 84 wickets which includes 25 from the one-dayers.
But he drew larger attention last year, the 6 feet 2 inches tall pacer was asked to bowl at the Indian team’s net practice during the second Test against England in Mohali and had then drawn a lot of praise from stylish batsman V V S Laxman, who was impressed with his bowling generating a pace of over 145 kmph.
“I have always wanted to be a fast bowler and love to see fear in the eyes of batsman I bowl at,” said Nabi, whose idol is legendary Kapil Dev.
“Despite the game being very popular in Kashmir, no cricket player from the state has really made a mark from himself. I really want to change this,” said Nabi, who has had stints at the National Cricket Academy at Bangalore and the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai.