Kaneria’s ODI hopes pinned on Miandad,Qadir

Kaneria is hoping that the presence of Miandad and Qadir in the PCB would finally allow him to claim a regular place in the ODI team.

Written by Agencies | Karachi | Published: January 4, 2009 4:16 pm

Pakistan’s Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is hoping that the presence of former Test players like Javed Miandad and Abdul Qadir in the PCB would finally allow him to claim a regular place in the one-day team.

“Javed Miandad has been a big supporter and he has always guided me in my career. While Abdul Qadir is a leg spinner himself and has played in one-day internationals so he would know the importance of having specialist spinners in limited overs cricket,” Kaneria said on Sunday.

Kaneria,only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan after his cousin Anil Dalpat,has struggled to find a regular place in Pakistan’s one-day and twenty20 squads despite an impressive Test record.

Kaneria,28,has taken 220 wickets in 51 Tests but played just 18 one-day internationals in his eight-year international career.

“I have been bowling regularly in one-day and twenty20 cricket for my English county,Essex and even in our domestic cricket for Sindh and Habib bank so I am prepared when the opportunity does come my way,” Kaneria said.

Kaneria said he was confident that Miandad,who is director-general in the board,and chief selector Qadir would give him a proper chance to establish himself in Pakistan’s one-day team.

“A spinner needs to have a run of matches to establish himself in one-day cricket. Because the requirements and demands on a leg spinner in both formats of the game are different,” he said.

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