I would love to play in the Champions Trophy - Nehra

Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra on Saturday expressed his strong desires to be a part of the India squad for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2017, to be held in England in June.


Though he last played in the format in the 2011 World Cup, Nehra has said he retains hopes of playing fifty-over cricket for India again when they land in England in June for the Champions Trophy.

“I would love to play in the Champions Trophy,” Nehra was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.

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“When you go to England you will take at least four fast bowlers in addition to two spinners. I know I can bowl anywhere: up front, in the middle overs and at death. I can also share the experience I have with the other young fast bowlers,” he added.

Nehra's last competitive fifty-over match - the recent practice game against England notwithstanding - was in December 2015. But that doesn't deter him.

Nehra, who has been an integral feature of the Twenty20 set-up for the men-in-blue, wants to test his fitness in the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy, the domestic 50-over tournament, where the 37-year-old intends to play at least half of Delhi’s six fixtures.

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“I aim to play at least three matches to build up my match-fitness. Fifty overs is a different challenge and Vijay Hazare is a good platform to test myself,” he said.

“I bowl about eight overs even in the nets while preparing for a T20 match. It is not about fitness. It is about the feel of playing in a 50-over match.”

Nehra's original timeline had him working towards returning to one-day cricket with the New Zealand series last October but he fell ill and was forced to spend a couple of months on the sidelines.

Nehra is hopeful these assets help make him an attractive pick for the Champions Trophy but felt it premature to think as far as the next ICC tournament. "The 2019 World Cup is still two-and-a-half years away. We are going to play at least 50 one-dayers in between. For me every tournament is important. I will try to play as much as I can."

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