Senior players should be given priority: Nehra

Published: Thursday, November 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Left arm seamer Ashish Nehra today said coach Greg Chappell was right to give the youngsters an opportunity to prove themselves but senior players who have been left out of the team should be given priority if they consistently prove their fitness and form.

Nehra said he did not see any ulterior motive on anyone's part in Baroda pacer Zaheer Khan or any other "senior player" being kept out of the Indian team.

"Chappell has come in and has tried out a few youngsters. It is not that he wants anything bad for Indian cricket," Nehra said.

"He wants good players to come in and be given an opportunity. Nobody is permanent in the team. Senior bowlers like Zaheer Khan, if they do well, should be picked. If not now, later", Nehra told PTI here.

"There is nothing personal with Zaheer Khan. I don't think anyone has a problem with Zaheer. If he is fit and picks wickets, he will be back." The left-arm speedster said he was targetting the Pakistan series early next year for his comeback into the Indian team after a 'niggle' that has put him out of action for the past two months.

Nehra, who returned home at the end of a tri-series in Zimbabwe and missed the two Tests against the African nation with a lower back injury, said he did not foresee himself playing in the Test series against Sri Lanka next month.

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