Kashmir's 'speed guy' gets chance in ICL

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/a/abidnabi.jpg' class='caption'> The Indian cricket league might not be a success just yet, but it has already done a great favour to many Indian cricketers.

Updated: November 30, 2007 19:14 IST
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The Indian cricket league might not be a success just yet, but it has already done a great favour to many Indian cricketers.

It has provided them a platform and the chance to earn their living.

That is why Abid Nabi, considered the most promising cricketer from Kashmir and was once called up to an Indian team camp, has joined this league.

He gave up all his hopes of playing for the country.

Abid Nabi could well be India's answer to Brett Lee or Shoaib Akhtar. It will be worth looking forward in the next few weeks, when the pacer bowls at the Indian Cricket League's inaugural Twenty20 competition.

Abid Nabi is no ordinary cricketer. He is a player who has showed tremendous commitment and courage to make his way from a small village in Kashmir called Sonwar into the very high profile Indian Cricket league.

Nabi's father, a mason, couldn't afford to support his son's obvious talent as a fast bowler, but now at just 21 the Kashmiri pacer stands to earn a whopping 90 lakh rupees over the next three years.

But more than the money it is the aim of hitting 100 miles an hour and the chance to show off his talent that has the biggest draw.

"Earlier there used to be a few newspaper articles in which my name used to appear. But now thanks to the ICL, more people are getting to know about me, It gives me a chance to showcase my talent here," Abid Nabi, Delhi Jets Team.

Nabi is a member of the Delhi Jets under former Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu.

He will have the opportunity to meet other legends, like Chris Cairns, Brian lara and Inzamam Ul Haq during his stint at the ICL.

But Nabi is most keen to meet his greatest idol.

"Kapil Dev has been idol from the very beginning, his swing, I always used to watch him on ESPN-star sports Cricket classics programme, watch his bowling (patch) If you see your idol, you feel nervous," he said.

Another reason why the Haryana Hurricane is Nabi's idol is his ability to swing the bat. Like Kapil, Nabi also wants to mould himself as an all-rounder.

In the last few years, smaller centres like Ranchi, Baroda and Rae Bareilly have thrown up world-class cricketers.

And now the war-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir has its own cricket hero.

Young Abid Nabi is asking for just two things, a little more time and lots of blessings and good wishes. He promises to soon become India's answer to Shoaib Akhtar or Brett Lee.

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