Kaneria makes availability for India match

Thursday, May 24, 2007

KARACHI: Pakistan’s ace spinner Danish Kaneria has said he wants to play (the one-day match) against arch-rivals India in Scotland later this summer.

“I am making myself available for the match and looking forward to play against
India as representing Pakistan has always been by first priority,”

Kaneria said in an interview with a UK-based website on Wednesday.

Pakistan and India are to play a special one-day match in Glasgow on July 3 at the invitation of Prince of Wales. It is hoped that the game will raise up to £2.5 million for charities in the UK and sub-continent.

Kaneria, who is representing Essex in the ongoing county season in England, said he was in contact with the selectors to show his availability for the July fixture.

The champion leg-spinner said he was enjoying the county season taking wickets for his outfit which he believes has given him great respite after the World Cup disappointment in the West Indies.

He also congratulated his teammates for registering a 2-1 series win over Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.

“I may be a fair distance from my country here at Essex but I was still
delighted to see the boys beat Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi and I want to congratulate
the team for doing so well,”

he expressed.

Kaneria also congratulated new skipper Shoaib Malik for leading the team to victory in his first series as captain saying the selectors seem to have got things right with their selection.

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