No place for Kaneria in ODI Team: Inzy
The Pakistan skipper feels that the requirements of the shorter version of the game are different.Updated: Jan 29, 2007 13:21 IST
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq believes that leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has improved a lot during the South Africa series but ruled out a place for him in the one-day team at the moment.
Inzamam said Kaneria has the potential to take 500 Test wickets but does not fit into the one-day squad because the requirements of the shorter version of the game are different.
"Kaneria bowled really well but he was unlucky not to get more wickets. I think he has improved a lot in the last two Tests. Mushtaq (Ahmed) has worked a lot with him on his run-up and bowling and Kaneria is a very quick learner," Inzamam told Geo Television.
"He has the capability to take 500 wickets and is a very good bowler," the captain said about Kaneria who has 198 wickets in 46 Tests.
The leg-spinner finished with 15 wickets in the three-match series but suffered from dropped catches and stumpings missed by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.
"We already have three spinners in Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and even Abdul Hafeez. We play Abdul Razzaq as the fourth bowler. Kaneria does not fit into the one-day team."
"I think cricket has also changed now and although he is a very good leg-spinner the requirements of one-day cricket are different," Inzamam added.
Inzamam was all praise for Mohammad Asif, who took 19 wickets in the series, and said the pacer was a revelation.
First Published: Jan 29, 2007 13:21 IST