Wednesday 9 May 2007 

Kaneria Backs Malik Appointment

Essex’s Danish Kaneria has offered his support to recently-appointed Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik.

The Pakistani leg-spinner told the Essex CCC website ( that he is backing Malik to revive the national side’s fortunes.

“I would like to congratulate Shoaib Malik on becoming captain of the Pakistan team. My whole-hearted support is with him and I wish him the best of luck and hope that he leads the cricket team in the right way. Having played together for a long time we know each other very well as cricketers and I hope to see him again soon when I return to play for Pakistan. My full support is with him during his captaincy and playing career.

“My first priority is with the Pakistan cricket team – I was born there, I live there and I love Pakistan – and whenever they need me I will go back to play for them.”

26-year-old Kaneria has enjoyed a fine start to his third season with Essex, taking 25 wickets @ 23.12 in three LV County Championship matches and two wickets @ 16.00 with an economy rate of 3.25 in two Friends Provident Trophy games.