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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 May, 2003, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
Waqar joins Warwickshire
Waqar Younis
Waqar was dropped by Pakistan after the World Cup
Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has agreed a contract with Warwickshire to replace Shane Bond for the rest of the summer.

New Zealand paceman Bond has a suspected stress fracture of his lower back, suffered while playing against Pakistan in a triangular one-day series in Sri Lanka..

Waqar, 31, has a distinguished pedigree, with 373 Test wickets and 416 one-day international scalps.

But he was dropped as national captain following Pakistan's poor World Cup campaign, when they were eliminated at the first round stage.

Warwickshire would be his third county, after successful spells with Surrey and Glamorgan.

"This will probably be my last season in county cricket, but I'm a professional cricketer. I enjoy it and my appetite is there," he said.

"I've been training for the last four or five days, and things are looking good, so I'll be quite ready to play in the next game."

"Some of the youngsters here are so talented, they'd probably be ready for England in a year or two.

"I've seen them in the nets, I've seen them in their last two games and they are a very, very talented side.

"They're young, they're very hungry and hopefully this season they've got a very good chance of winning something."

Warwickshire have been without an overseas paceman since Bond's early season substitute, Michael Clark, was forced to head home with a stress fracture in his back.

Kenyan leg-spinner Collins Obuya is Warwickshire's other overseas player for the summer.

Waqar Younis
"I want to make Warwickshire proud"


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