Hamilton (New Zealand), Mar.13 (ANI): Northern Districts fast bowler Brent Arnel hopes to play against Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in his debut Test, and says it would be a "dream come true" to get him out.
The Te Awamutu-born, Waiuku-raised 30-year-old bowler was quoted by the Waikato Times as saying: "Playing him would be a dream come true, getting him out would be the best moment of my career."
New Zealand cricket has a long history of giving young bowlers a chance, the bowlers getting injured then coming back as mature cricketers.
Arnel never got his initial chance after the New Zealand Cricket Academy over-bowled him. He suffered a back injury that cost him four years of cricket and nearly his entire career on the back of "some very poor advice" by the medical team at the academy.
Arnel said he was "absolutely stoked" to be selected in the Black Caps 13-man squad which includes a first call up for Auckland batsman Martin Guptill.
Arnel, however, is still not sure where he stands in the selectors' minds.
"I'm just rapt to be thought of as one of the best 13 cricketers in the country. (The selectors) have two options I guess, they could throw me in straight away and see how I go or just keep me in the squad to have a closer look at me." (ANI)