Delayed Yousuf to miss Warwicks opener

Warwickshire will start the season without an overseas player after receiving confirmation that former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf will not arrive in England in time to face Somerset at Taunton in the County Championship match starting on April 14.

Though Yousuf received his visa on April 12 he has now informed Warwickshire that he will not be landing in this country until April 14 or 15.

Warwickshire had hoped that their locum overseas player would land in time to give them the opportunity to process his registration documents, but have now resigned themselves to not having Yousuf available until next week’s derby match against Worcestershire at New Road.

The 36-year-old Yousuf was recruited on a six-week contract as a fill-in for his compatriot Younis Khan who opted to tour the West Indies with Pakistan rather than play for Warwickshire.

Yousuf is expected to stay in the Midlands when his stint with Warwickshire is finished to play Birmingham League cricket for Smethwick alongside two more former Pakistan players, Mohammad Akram and Azhar Mahmood.

Warwickshire have yet to formally announce that Younis will not be joining them when the Caribbean trip is finished but it seems certain that he will never play for the county.

Meanwhile, Warwickshire’s squad for Taunton includes Ireland captain Will Porterfield who became the 500th player to play first-class cricket for the county when he made his debut against Durham MCCU last weekend.

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