Danish Kaneria, the Pakistan legspinner who is currently playing county cricket for Essex, says he will consider switching alliances to England if he is not selected for the Pakistan national team.
"I may consider playing for England at one stage if Pakistan are not picking me," Kaneria told the Colchester Gazette. "I am 27 and a proper legspinner gets his real class when he is 32 - Shane Warne got to his 30s and was bowling out every team, so I have plenty of years to go."
However, he was still undecided on his next move. "I don't know what will happen and will see how Pakistan cope with me," he said. "If England wanted me to play and do something for them I would think it over."
Despite the fact that his name does not figure among the 30 probables for the Pakistan squad ahead of the Champions Trophy in September, Kaneria remained optimistic of a recall to the one-day team. "I didn't hear anything from Pakistan. I'm doing well and taking wickets and would like to play one-day cricket for Pakistan again," he said. "I have not given up and want to get my place back in the team. I play well in each form of the game but when Pakistan don't pick me it is up to the media to ask the selectors why."
A spokesperson from the England board told the same newspaper that Kaneria would be eligible to play for England if he satisfies two clauses: he gains British citizenship (which requires him to have spent at least seven months annually living in England over a four-year period) and that he does not play for and in Pakistan (at the domestic level) during that time.
Kaneria has not represented Pakistan in the current season, and had been reprimanded by the board in April for criticising them after he was demoted to category C among Pakistan's centrally contracted players. He was in the Pakistan team in their most recent Test, against India in December, and made the last of his 18 ODI appearances in the 2007 World Cup.