Warwickshire hope to know by the end of this week whether former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf will be joining them as overseas player for the second half of the season.
Yousuf’s initial stint ended with him bagging a king pair against Durham at Edgbaston but, with the exception of that match, he made such a favourable impression during his six weeks at Edgbaston that Warwickshire have invited him to extend his stay.
The 36-year-old has now returned to his family in Pakistan but is due to return to Birmingham to spend the second half of the summer playing for Birmingham League cricket for Smethwick for whom he agreed a deal before he signed for Warwickshire.
Yousuf is now mulling over Warwickshire’s offer to rejoin them after the Friends Life t20 on a contract that is likely to involve four-day cricket only.
But Yousuf has yet to put pen to paper and Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles admits that he is uncertain whether he will be able to persuade him to stay.
“We have not resolved that situation yet. At the moment it’s up in the air, it’s totally up in the air,” Giles said.
“Realistically we need to know within the next week whether Mo will be coming back. We need to be making a plan in case that we need visas and stuff we need to get them in order. There’s three weeks to our next Championship game.“
Warwickshire have hired New Zealand off spinner Jeetan Patel as their only overseas player for the Twenty20 Cup and he will play in the club’s June 2 opener against Durham at Chester-le-Street.
All-rounder Neil Carter (pelvic condition) and slow left-armer Ant Botha (knee) are expected to return to action after a lengthy injury lay-offs in the same match.
Carter, last season’s PCA Player of the Year, has yet to play a game this season having suffered his injury in the nets in March. Carter and Botha are due to play in T20 practice matches at Edgbaston this week.