Younis all set to play in Sheffield Shield

Lahore, Aug 31 (UNI) With no official assignments lined up for Pakistani team this year, Younis Khan is set to play for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield, scheduled to be held this October.

Since Pakistani side has not enrolled for any Test series this year, Younis started his campaign to get a work permit and visa to play for the Aussies in the domestic competition.

''He is presently enjoying a well deserved rest and also completing his travel formalities to go to Australia by October,'' a PCB official said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already given permission to the batsman to play for South Australia for the 2008 and 2009 season but under the condition that he is available whenever Pakistan needs him for national duty.

Meanwhile, South Australia has confirmed that they approached Younis last June after they failed to convince any major Australian player.

Coach Mark Sorell was also pleased to have the senior Pakistani batsman for his team.

''Securing a batsman of Younis' calibre will provide our young South Australian batsmen with unprecedented experience,'' Sorell had said.

''We are really excited by the news. We expect Younis will play a key role in making sure the Redbacks are competitive this season and ensuring our bowlers have good targets to work with,'' he added.


Story first published: Sunday, August 31, 2008, 18:04 [IST]
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