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Kumble keen to play against NZ

June 05, 2003 15:22 IST

Keen to put behind him the disappointment of being overlooked for most part of the World Cup in South Africa, ace legspinner Anil Kumble today said he is looking forward to the forthcoming home series against New Zealand.

"It's a long time before we play international cricket... that's in September-October. I am looking forward to it [the New Zealand series]," he said after inaugurating the World Environment Day celebrations at the upmarket Commercial Street in Bangalore.

Asked if he would be available for the series, Kumble shot back: "Yes! What makes you think I won't be there?"

"I have just come back from a holiday abroad and it's good to be spending some time with the family," said Kumble, who was overlooked in preference for a seventh batsman in the World Cup.

Unlike many of the cricketers in the national side, Kumble does not have any plans of playing in the English county circuit. "No plans, nothing," he said.

Kumble refrained from commenting on the recommendation of the spinners' panel, comprising some of India's legendary spinners, that no limited overs cricket should be played up to the under-17 level. "I was supposed to be part of the team, but I was not in India then. I don't know what went up. I am not aware of that," he said.

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Sub: Medium pacer in the guise of a spinner

In all these years that I have seen Kumble bowl, I have never seen him turn the bowl even half as much as Warne or ...

Posted by Nikhil

Sub: India very much need Kumble

India cannot beat New Zealand without Kumble. Look at our bench strength and there is nobody to replace Kumble. India very much need Kumble atleast ...

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Sub: God save indian cricket

No wonder he is willin to play God save indian cricket He is no where in the Warne's class.

Posted by gautham

Sub: Days are over

Kumble..realize that u are a spent force...tata bye bye..

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Sub: Kumble keen to play against NZ

When mumbai players can be many changes I do not see any reason why Kumble should not be given one more chance. The reason mumbai ...

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