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Ex cricketer Ghulam Parkar joins AAP, likely to contest Lok Sabha poll
Friday February 28, 2014 7:30 PM, Staff Reporter

After Kapil Dev, former cricketer and now a famous coach Ghulam Parkar has also joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and is likely to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Ghulam Parkar

"Ghulam Parkar has joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Friday and is likely to contest the parliamentary election either from Mumbai or Konkan regions", the party sources said to

Ghulam Parkar hails from Chiplun in Ratnagiri district.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has said it will give party tickets to six Muslims in Maharashtra, and is now hunting for good and committed people.

The party had yesterday confirmed Advocate Samina Khan's name as the party candidate from Sangli.

Besides Sangli, Mumbai and Konkan, other places where the party intends to field Muslim candidates include Malegaon, Bhiwandi and Akola.

Sources said that Ghulam Parkar was a staunch supporter of the 'India Against Corruption' movement from the day one and was impressed by Arvind Kejriwal's commitment.

Ghulam Parkar, who had played a solitary Test, was the leading opener for Bombay after Ashok Mankad's retirement and in Gavaskar's absence. An aggressive batsman, he scored 4,167 runs at 42.09 in First-Class cricket, but in Ranji Trophy the numbers read 3,087 at 49.79.

He was famously involved in a 421-run opening partnership against Bengal in the 1981-82 quarter-final. This came after an unbeaten 148 in the same season, and was followed by valiant efforts of 84 and 68 in the semi-final as Bombay went down to Karnataka. He ended the season with 624 runs at 62.40, following 797 at 49.81 the previous season.

He was determined to win a Ranji Trophy for Bombay – and achieved that in the 1984-85 season. By then, Gavaskar had decided to move down the order, and Parkar was the senior opener.

He scored 748 runs in the season at 57.53 with a hundred and five 50s, and was one of the heroes of Bombay's last tournament win before a drought lasting nine seasons.

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