South Australia keen to sigh up Younis Khan

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Sydney, May 28 (UNI) Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan may feature in the Australian domestic season after being offered a contract by South Australia (SA).

''Younis is currently one of the world's best batsmen.

Recruiting him is an important step in our recruiting strategy and an opportunity that presents itself as too good to miss,'' SA coach Mark Sorell told mediapersons here today.

''This is a short-term scenario which would see Younis play with us until about Christmas and then possibly return to South Australia for the finals, if required,'' he added. ''His Redbacks duties will not impinge on his commitment to Pakistan.'' Younis will become the second Pakistan player to play in the Australian domestic season after the legendary Imran Khan who had turned out for New South Wales.

SA are struggling in the Australian domestic season and finished second last in the 2007-08 edition. They are keen to sigh up Younis to add stability to their line-up after losing Darren Lehmann, Matthew Elliott, Ryan Harris and Jason Gillespie.

''Recruiting an international player is a new approach for South Australia and a bit outside the square,'' Sorell said.

''But one of the things to be learnt from the Indian Premier League is just how much younger Australian players from the domestic level have really benefited from being exposed to, and playing with, some of the world's best international players.'' The 30-year-old Younis has played 58 Tests for his country, scoring 15 centuries and has an impressive average of 49.14.

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