Yousuf will be cleared to travel to England in time: Saeed

August 4th, 2010 - 5:02 pm ICT by ANI  

Nottingham, Aug 4 (ANI): Pakistan is confident that former skipper Mohammad Yousuf will be cleared to travel to England in time for this week’s second Test against England, after he was not able to fly on Monday due to a wrong visa.

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 said: “The application was given yesterday (Monday), and today they are to give their reply. So we’re 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. It’s just a technicality. I am very optimistic. I’m being told it should be done today. If it is, he should be on his way tomorrow,” The News quoted Saeed, as saying.

Yousuf was recalled for the second Test at Edgbaston, which starts on Friday, following Pakistan’s first-Test defeat at Trent Bridge.

A PCB official has 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.

The veteran has not played for his country since January after being banned indefinitely following the winter tour to Australia. (ANI)

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