Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has reassured Warwickshire that he will join them in April to begin his stint as overseas player, despite his return to the national team.
Khan agreed a two-year deal with the Bears last autumn when he was still in dispute with the Pakistan Cricket Board so his future appeared unfettered by the demands of international cricket.
But he has since patched up his differences with the governing body.
He returned to the Test team of which he used to be captain – and in good form too as illustrated by his 73 and 81 against a New Zealand side containing former Bears bowlers Chris Martin and Daniel Vettori in Wellington recently.
With Pakistan due to tour the West Indies in April and May, clashing with the first six weeks of the English season, one or two alarm bells started to ring at Edgbaston.
But Khan insists he intends to honour his commitment to Warwickshire.
“We have had reassurances from his agent and also personal contact with Younis who has confirmed that he is committed to us,” said Bears chief executive Colin Povey.
“You never say never in cricket and we won’t take anything for granted until he steps off the plane but we are getting consistent reassurances that he will be here as planned.
“That will be great news because he is a top-drawer player. Last year we got it right with Imran Tahir.
“This season, if Younis comes and does what he says he will do then he will be another good signing.’’
Khan will not be with the Bears on their 15-day trip to Barbados starting on March 15 but the rest of the senior squad, other than those on international duty, will be present.
During their stay in the Caribbean, Warwickshire will play a a two-day friendly with Essex, 40-over games against Hampshire and a Barnados XI and take part in a Twenty20 tournament at the Three W’s Oval and Kensington Oval.
On March 17, the Warwickshire party will be guests at a reception at the British High Commission.