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Disappointed Pollock asserts can perform in sub-continent also

Lahore, Sep 29 (UNI) Disappointed after being dropped of South African squad for the first Test against Pakistan at Karachi, pacer Shaun Pollock asserted he can perform even on slow sub-continental pitches.

Pollock was dropped as South Africa team management feel he may not be as effective on pitches in the sub-continent as he once was and are keen to try out younger, quicker bowlers like as Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn.

The 34-year-old veteran of many a battles expressed both surprise and disappointment at his exclusion, the first time in his 107-Test career dropped for any reason other than injury.

''Obviously Mickey had a discussion with me. He told me I am not playing in the first Test as we are going with different options.

''I am surprised to have been eliminated already. When I was chosen for the squad, I thought I had a good chance to play,'' Pollock, who had taken 416 Test wickets, said.

He revealed that Arthur had spoken to him a few months ago about the shape of his future role on subcontinent tours.

''Mickey feels I have a role to play especially in South Africa where pitches are more conducive.

''But I don't think my job on flat subcontinent wickets is over. I know I can perform. Then it's up to selectors to take me for tours ahead.

''I have a good record in Pakistan and if the opportunity arises for the second Test, I will take it. It's disappointing, but you have to move on,'' the former captain said.

His record in the subcontinent though is impressive.

In 17 Tests in the sub-continent, he has taken 60 wickets.

In Pakistan, he has taken 18 wickets in five Tests and helped script a memorable win in Faisalabad in 1997-98.

Pollock was, however, quick to reject that he might be nearing the end of his career, or looking to switch to the Indian Cricket League. The ICL had made him an offer five months ago.

''Am I taking Mohammad Yousuf's contract?'' he joked.

''They approached me and I was not interested then and am not interested now,'' Pollock said.

''I will take it season by season now as far as my career goes. I never look too far ahead. I've done well in recent series against India and Pakistan and feel I can contribute more to South Africa.'' South Africa are due to tour Bangladesh and India in March next year.


Story first published: Saturday, September 29, 2007, 14:41 [IST]
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