Harbhajan fit enough to play in Asia Cup

Published: Saturday, May 8, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi :Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who missed the historic series against Pakistan due to a finger injury, on Friday, said that he has recovered completely to play in the upcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

"I am looking forward to play in the Asia Cup, which is starting in three months time," Harbhajan said at a function in New Delhi on Friday.

The off-spinner, who played in the first Test against Australia at Brisbane before pulling out of the tour due to an injury that he was carrying since the World Cup, said he is looking to play some county cricket in England before playing international cricket again.

"I am talking with the Lashing Club in Kent in England. I am considering the option and may join them soon," he said.

Yuvraj Singh, who was also present on the occasion, said the series win in Pakistan would spur the team to do well in the Asia Cup.

"It's going to be a tough tournament. We are playing in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka and of course against Pakistan, who are obviously a good team," the left-handed batsman said.

"But we are confident since we have done well in overseas series and played well in Pakistan. Hopefully we will do well in Sri Lanka," he said.

The Asia Cup, the biggest One-day tournament involving teams from the region, would be held in Colombo in July.

Teenaged wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel, who staked a strong claim for the opening slot by coming up with an impressive knock in the third Test against Pakistan at Rawalpindi, gave a lot of credit to coach John Wright for his success at theinternational level.

"The coach has played a big role in my success. He has motivated me a lot. He has worked hard on my wicketkeeping," the baby-faced wicketkeper said.

Patel, who was appointed the brand ambassador by a leading shoes and apparel company on Friday, also said shooting for commercials is not going to take a toll on him.

"It's not a big thing. I have free days where I can work for them. It's not going to affect my performance since it's not at all taxing. Cricket is my first preference and nothing comes close to it," he said.

Patel said he was looking to get some "rest" after a long series in Pakistan before the start of India's next assignment.

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