Youhana to miss Australian Test series due to injury

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2002, 2:32 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan's dependable batsman Yousuf Youhana is likely to miss next month's Test series against Australia because of a shoulder injury, officials said on Tuesday.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director Chishty Mujahid said the injury had been revealed in a bone scan. "It's unfortunate. He may not be able to play the series against Australia," Mujahid said. "Youhana may return home before Pakistan's last match in the ICC (International Cricket Council) Champions Trophy later this week," he said. Pakistan has been rocked by a string of stunning defeats in the last three One-day tournaments and the sacking of coach Mudassar Nazar on Tuesday. Experienced paceman Wasim Akram and opener Saeed Anwar have already opted out of the Australian series while ace batsman Inzamam-ul Haq has a heel injury. Pakistan meets Australia in the first Test in Colombo from October 3-7. The remaining two Tests will be played in Sharjah from October 11-15 and 19-23.

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