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Zaheer for Warwickshire

March 20, 2003 11:41 IST

After Javagal Srinath, it is the turn of another Indian fast bowler to play for an English county.

Warwickshire are targeting left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan as a temporary replacement for New Zealand speedster Shane Bond, who will miss the start of the season matches due to his international commitments.

"We are discussing a contract with Zaheer Khan at the moment," a spokesman for the county said.

"There are implications with regard to international commitments for both Shane and Zaheer and we need to talk through the permutations of various international tournaments," he said.

The spokesman said the Indian bowler would replace Bond for two months -- till June when the Kiwi speedster returns.

"If we can agree it, Zaheer will only be with us until Shane returns, which will probably be some time in June," he was quoted as saying on the BBC Sport web site.

Zaheer, the leading bowler for India alongwith Srinath in the World Cup, has so far claimed 15 wickets in the tournament and considered key to his side's chances of reclaiming the coveted title after a gap of 20 years.

The 24-year-old Zaheer, who claimed the man of the match award for his career-best four for 42 against New Zealand in his side's final Super Six match on Friday, is also the quickest Indian bowler to claim 100 one-day wickets.

He achieved the distinction in his 65th match, two less than previous record-holder Ajit Agarkar's 67.

Zaheer has 101 wickets in one-day internationals, at 25.47, and 73 in Tests, at 33.35.

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Sub: zaheer

Certainly Zaheer should not agree to be a short term replacement for Shane Bond. Surely he can get the experience playing full time with another ...

Posted by yasmin

Sub: zaheer

for longivity in game, I guess it is better that he does not play that. But if he has nothing to do, it is better ...

Posted by prashant

Sub: good oppurtunity!!

he should take the oppurtunity,get used to the english conditions which can boost his confidence

Posted by asim

Sub: Zaheer is the diamond for indian team

Zaheer Khan has proved to be a diamond for the Indian team. It was his game of great commitment in all the matches, beause of ...

Posted by Asad

Sub: Zaheer should sign this contract

Yes, He should sign this contract as this would any way help him mature more. Even though it's just 2 month contract, but it will ...

Posted by Manish Vashistha


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