Akhtar keenly eyes Glamorgan~~s overseas post

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar said on Monday he wants to follow in the footsteps of international teammate Waqar Younis by playing for Glamorgan. Shoaib said he has his heart set on a move to Wales after speaking to former overseas star Waqar, saying a spell in county cricket would improve his game. "I would love to play for Glamorgan and there are a number of reasons why it would be a good move," the 26-year-old, nicknamed the 'Rawalpindi Express', said. "I want to play county cricket because I believe it would be a very important experience for me. I believe it would help me improve further as a player." Glamorgan is the only county yet to recruit an overseas player for the coming season and Shoaib, who has just starred for Pakistan in the One-day series with the West Indies, is desperate for the chance. "I missed out on the chance of playing for Nottinghamshire a few years ago because of injury and I would love another opportunity to play county cricket," he told the 'Western Daily Press'. "But another reason for wanting to play for Glamorgan is that I have been to Wales many times. I know the streets of Cardiff well. I have friends in Cardiff, and whenever I am over in Britain, I usually always go to Cardiff. "I know it is a nice place to be and that Glamorgan is a friendly county with good players," he said. "I could offer Glamorgan a great deal. I could learn and their bowlers could perhaps learn something from me. If they already have someone in mind, then so be it. But if not, I would like them to think about me," he added.

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