Intikhab Alam fears for Kaneria's future
Kaneria, 27, is the most experienced bowler in the national side at the moment with 220 Test wickets in 51 matches.cricket Updated: Jan 12, 2008 22:33 IST
Pakistan's former captain and coach Intikhab Alam fears for the future of leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and believes he has fallen prey to insecurity and poor management.
Intikhab, who was manager-cum-coach of the team that won the 1992 World Cup and was himself a notable leg-spinner, said he could see that Kaneria was losing confidence fast as a bowler.
"In his case, I think it is a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. He is getting too much advice on his bowling. I think he has reached a stage where after every bad ball he bowls, he looks over his shoulder to see who is watching," Intikhab said.
Kaneria, 27, is the most experienced bowler in the national side at the moment with 220 Test wickets in 51 matches.
He struggled in India with his bowling with the selectors unhappy with his tendency to push the ball faster through the air.
Playing for Habib Bank in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final in Karachi this week, the leg-spinner had a disappointing match raising concerns over his immediate future in the Pakistan side.
Intikhab said Kaneria was clearly having problems with his action since he had changed his run-up.
"He needs to be given confidence by all concerned. He is feeling insecure as a bowler. Which is not good for him or the team. Given we have a scarcity of spinners in the country, he must be encouraged to get over his bad patch," he said.
Intikhab said Kaneria, unlike other leg-spinners, had a chest on follow through and was not side on.
"But he has already played enough cricket and you can't change his action now. But one can work on his confidence definitely."
It has become obvious in recent days, especially during the Quaid Trophy final, that selectors were not happy with Kaneria's bowling form and with Pakistan's next Test series against Australia, the feeling is he should be played in the one-dayers against Zimbabwe to boost his confidence.