Saturday, March 27, 2010

Napier aiming to prove selectors wrong

Essex and Mumbai Indians all rounder Graham Napier is aiming to prove selectors wrong after being left out of England's initial squad for next month's Twenty20 World Cup.

Napier flew out to Indian yesterday to play in this months IPL after enjoying a successful winter in New Zealand helping the Central Stags win the HRV Twenty20 Cup and qulify for the Twenty20 Champions League.

Napier is the leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricket having taken 88 wickets in 66 games and is one of only 8 English players who will take part in this months IPL yet he was over looked for England’s 30 man squad.

"There is an opportunity for me over the next few weeks - as one of only eight English players involved in the IPL - to show the England selectors what they are missing out on" Naprier said on his personal website,

"I'm deeply disappointed not to be involved in the 30-man squad, having played well in Twenty20 cricket over the winter (for Central Districts in New Zealand)" he added.

"I am currently the leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricket and have the ability to take the attack to the opposition with the bat if required. I feel Twenty20 is a form of the game that suits me well and the more experience I've gained in it the more effective I have become."

Napier also praised the Professional Cricketers' Association for the hard work they have out in over the last few weeks trying to get safety assurances from the IPL.

"It was just a case of the PCA (Professional Cricketers' Association) working hard to get assurances from the IPL in terms of security."

"Having been involved with the Mumbai Indians last year I know the level of security they had out in South Africa (when the tournament was moved). I felt comfortable the security would be at a high enough level to accommodate us here."

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