Khan's absence a 'major blow' for Pakistan: Woolmer

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

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's absence a 'major blow' for Pakistan: Woolmer
©

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 a€" starting from Tuesday a€" 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)
Topics : Cricket New Zealand Pakistan
Related Articles
'Disgraceful,' Says Furious Virat Kohli After Worst Batting Show in IPL History
'Disgraceful,' Says Furious Virat Kohli After Worst Batting Show in IPL History
IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore Collapse, Kolkata Knight Riders Win by 82 Runs
IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore Collapse, Kolkata Knight Riders Win by 82 Runs
Royal Challengers Bangalore Succumb To Lowest-Ever Score In IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore Succumb To Lowest-Ever Score In IPL
Show Comments
Advertisement