No place for Kaneria in one-day team at the moment: Inzamam

Last Updated: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 13:37

Karachi, Jan 29: 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.

"He has just played a few Tests but his success is amazing. His biggest asset is his ability to maintain a good length. He also has this natural ability to swing the ball both ways. "He is a very cunning bowler. He is very quick to spot a batsman`s weakness and than starts to work on it to get him out quickly," Inzamam stated.

"Asif and Kaneria bowled very well but unfortunately, they did not have support from the third or fourth bowlers." Pakistan lost fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul to fitness problems and Inzamam said they were sent home to recover and rest ahead of the World Cup.

"We want our best players for the World Cup and I hope we can have that. We have been having lot of problems with the fitness of our players. I am sure if we had played with our best attack, we could have won this series," Inzamam said.

Inzamam himself sat out yesterday due to a recurrence of a back problem. But he said doctors had said it was only a spasm and he would be okay after five to six days of rest.

"I am hopeful I will be fit before the one-day series which starts in a week`s time," he said.

However, Inzamam is certain to miss the Twenty20 match on Friday.

Pakistan has called up Shahid Afridi, Shabbir Ahmed, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman and Imran Nazir for the one-day series and Inzamam said he hoped they would bring in fresh energy into the team.



First Published: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 00:00
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