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Kaneria upset over Champions Trophy snub

Pak leg-spinner says it is a "huge setback" for him to miss out on a berth as he was keen to establish himself as a ODI bowler.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2006 21:48 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria says it was a "huge setback" for him to miss out on a berth for the Champions Trophy in India as he was keen to establish himself as a one-day bowler.

The leg-spinner, who has been Pakistan's most successful bowler in Test matches in the last two years with 169 wickets from 40 matches, said it hurt him all the more because he felt he deserved to be in the one-day side as well.

"I felt I bowled quite well in the Test series in England. I took 13 wickets but I could easily have taken 20 if luck had gone my way. Although I missed out on the one-day matches in England, I hoped things might be different for the Champions Trophy," he said.

"I respect the selectors' decision, it is not easy for them. But I am very ambitious. I want to be in the team all the time and want to improve my game playing against the best in the world," said Kaneria, who is only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan after Anil Dalpat.

"I don't want to be known only as a Test player. My aim is that one day I will be the best bowler in the world in Test and one-day cricket," he said.

First Published: Sep 26, 2006 21:13 IST