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Nothing beats playing for India: Kaif

Nobody will consider IPL more important, says Kaif.

February 25, 2008, 4:49 PM IST
Nothing beats playing for India: Kaif

Kanpur: The cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) may be a lucrative proposition but India discard Mohammad Kaif feels no cricketer worth his salt would consider it more important than donning national colours.

"It's Ok to play in IPL but the satisfaction and pride that you get by playing for India is unbeatable. You just cannot compare IPL with playing for your national team," Kaif, who will play for Jaipur franchise team in the League starting April 18, told PTI.

IPL has been launched amid much fanfare and there are concerns that the Twenty20 league would drive youngsters away from domestic cricket.

However, Kaif felt such concerns were unfounded. Kaif, who has been out of the national team for close to a year, said he was not disheartened by not being in the side despite his good record in the domestic circuit and was hopeful for making a comeback soon.

"I concentrate on my game. It is up to the selectors to decide whether I should be back in the team or not. I have made nearly 1200 runs playing for Uttar Pradesh and India 'A'," he said.

"I am willing to bat at any position in the line-up," he added.

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