Pakistan confident over Yousuf visa
NOTTINGHAM: Pakistan are confident Mohammad Yousuf will be cleared to travel to England in time for this weekís second Test against England.
Former national team captain Yousuf was prevented from joining up with his countryís squad on Monday because he did not have the correct visa. But team manager Yawar Saeed expects the 35-year-old batsman to be given the green light to fly to England on Wednesday.
Explaining the visa application was being dealt with by the British High Commission in Islamabad, Saeed told Press Association Sport: ďThe application was given yesterday (Monday), and today they are to give their reply. So weíre just waiting for their reply today sometime. He has a visa, it just that it needs to be converted into a sport visa, rather than a visitor visa. Itís just a technicality.Ē
He added: ďI am very optimistic. Iím being told it should be done today.
ďIf it is, he should be on his way tomorrow.Ē
Yousuf was recalled for the second Test at Edgbaston, which starts on Friday, following Pakistanís first-Test thrashing at Trent Bridge. Yousuf, however, is unlikely to play in the second Test.
A PCB official has admitted that Yousuf is unlikely to be played directly in the second Test starting in Edgbaston from Friday.
ďIn 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,Ē the official said.
The veteran has not played for his country since January after being banned indefinitely following the winter tour to Australia.
Yousuf had been skipper of a squad of which nearly half were punished.
In March, days after being suspended, he elected to retire from international cricket.
But last month saw him reveal he was ďready and available to serve my countryĒ.
Meanwhile, Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed has rubbished media reports that skipper Salman Butt and coach Waqar Younis were not on board concerning the Pakistan Cricket Boardís decision to recall veteran middle order batsman Mohammad Yousuf ,and include young left-arm spinner Raza Hasan while axing leg spinner Danish Kaneria from the Test squad.
ďReports of Salman and Waqar not being included in discussions regarding Kaneria dropping and Yousuf and Raza inclusion are lies and rubbish,Ē Saeed told PakPassion.net.
ďPCB Chairman Ijaz Butt spoke to the touring selection committee consisting of Salman, Waqar and myself we all agreed on Yousuf and Razaís inclusion and Danish Kaneriaís omission from the squad,Ē he added.