Yousuf set for England but unlikely to play 2nd Test

Last Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 15:39 PM IST

Karachi: Senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf is expected to join Pakistan’s cricket team in England on Wednesday but is unlikely to play in the second Test starting on Friday.

“Yousuf has a visit visa on which he can’t play cricket in the United Kingdom. We have applied for a work permit visa and hopefully he will be issued the fresh visa on Tuesday,” a PCB official said.

“If he gets the visa on time we will put him on the first available flight to London on Wednesday,” the official said.

But he admitted that Yousuf is unlikely to be played directly in the second Test starting in Edgbaston from Friday.

“In all probability he will be given a chance to practice for a few days and also play a tour match before the third Test that begins on August 19,” the official said.

Yousuf, a former Pakistan captain, kept a low profile yesterday avoiding speaking to the media.

The senior batsman, who has played 88 Tests and 283 one-day internationals, was called back from retirement to join the team after Pakistan lost the first Test against England by a whopping 354 runs in Nottingham.

Pakistan was bowled out for 80 runs in their second innings in that match.

Meanwhile Pakistan tour manager Yawar Saeed has rubbished reports that captain Salman Butt and head coach Waqar Younis were not taken into confidence regarding Yousuf’s call-up.

“This is totally untrue all decisions taken after the first Test were taken after taking Butt and Waqar into confidence. Chairman of PCB Ijaz Butt spoke to the touring selection committee consisting of Salman, Waqar and myself we all agreed on Yousuf and Raza’s inclusion and Danish Kaneria’s omission from the squad,” Yawar told a television channel.

PTI