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Essex coach Paul Grayson eyes Danish Kaneria substitute

Essex coach Paul Grayson
Grayson believes his side will surprise many this season

Essex coach Paul Grayson says the club is working to find an overseas player to cover for the absent Danish Kaneria.

The Pakistan leg-spinner has been ruled out of their first five matches of the new season due to commitments in his home country.

Grayson said they were hoping to get someone in to cover that opening month.

"We've got a few names on the list and hopefully that player will be available for the game at Durham next week," he told BBC Essex.

"We're pretty confident, but the only problem is the Indian Premier League is still going and a lot of good players are still there.

"Also, a lot of those guys go straight on to the World Cup so you have to say a lot of the best players are going to be at those competitions," he added.

Grayson also confirmed all-rounder Graham Napier was due to return from his IPL commitments with the Mumbai Indians this week and could be available for selection for the opening fixture with Hampshire.

Essex are set to embark on one of the biggest seasons for some time as they step up to Division One of the County Championship for the first time since 2003.

And Grayson is bullish about his side's chances: "The goal setting is a top-five finish in the County Championship and to try and win a one day trophy," he said.

"I think one or two people see us as the big underdogs in four-day cricket this year, but I think we've got a good side and we're going to shock one or two people."

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Essex cricket live on BBC Essex
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County cricket club-by-club guide
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Essex dealt blow by Kaneria delay
06 Apr 10 |  Essex
Essex target Kaneria replacement
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