Agarkar has a 'new' ball partner in McGrath

Published: Friday, July 16, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Wiry speedster Ajit Agarkar said on Friday it would be a "great experience" for him bowling in tandem with great Australian paceman Glenn McGrath for English County Middlesex who have signed up the Indian pacer for a month-long stint starting soon.

Agarkar, who has taken the opportunity of an enforced absence from the national squad following his omission from the Asia Cup squad to become the first Indian to play for Middlesex in the English County championship, is scheduled to leave for England on Saturday.

"Yes, I am going tomorrow (Saturday) to England. I will be joining Middlesex immediately and would be playing till August 20 unless I am selected to play for India (in the forthcoming One-day tournaments after the Asia Cup)," the Mumbai paceman said on Friday.

Asked how he felt about getting the chance to bowl in tandem with great Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath, the player with a Test hundred at Lord's under his belt said: "It would be a great experience."

"I was aware that he would be playing for Middlesex around the same time," Agarkar said when asked whether he was aware that McGrath had also been signed up for a short stint by the same English County.

"I would be playing basically in the County championship games and in a few One-day games," Agarkar said adding he may not get a chance to play in the exciting Twenty20 Cup games as those may be over by the time he reaches England.

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