Yousuf asked to extend Warwicks stay as Patel arrives

Warwickshire have confirmed that they have signed New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel as an overseas player for the Friends Life t20 and that they are in talks with Mohammad Yousuf about extending his stay at Edgbaston.

Patel, who played for Warwickshire in the first half of the 2009 season, is due to arrive in England at the end of next week ahead of three days of practice before Warwickshire play Durham in their opening t20 match on June 2.

Yousuf’s stint as overseas player is due to end after next week’s County Championship match against Durham at Edgbaston but he has made such an impression during his short time with Warwickshire that he has been asked to stay.

The former Pakistan batsman will return home for a break during the Twenty20 Cup and is due to spend the second half of the season with Smethwick in the Birmingham League.

But Warwickshire hope to persuade him to rejoin them though his involvement is likely to be restricted to Championship cricket.

Yousuf has struggled with the demands playing a Championship match followed by a Clydesdale Bank 40 game and Warwickshire are expected to accommodate his wishes not to play one-day cricket in the second half of the summer.

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