Khan's absence a 'major blow' for Pakistan: Woolmer
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer today said the absence of top order batsman Younis Khan for the third test against England is a "major blow" to his side.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
Lahore:Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer today said the absence of top order batsman Younis Khan for the third test against England is a "major blow" to his side. Khan withdrew from the test â€“ starting from Tuesday â€“ after the death of his elder brother Sharif in Ukraine on Saturday. "Younis Khan's absence is a major blow to us because he bats at a vital number three position," Woolmer told reporters. Khan, the Pakistan vice captain, scored 121 runs with an average of 30.33 in the first two tests against England. "Younis is a fine cricketer, a charismatic player on the field and we sent all our condolences to his family for the death of his brother," said Woolmer. "It's a tragic day for Younis." Pakistan leads the three match series 1-0 but will also miss Shahid Afridi for the third test. International Cricket Council match referee Roshan Mahanama banned the allrounder for one test and five one-day internationals for damaging the pitch in the drawn second test at Faisalabad. (AP)