LAHORE The Pakistan Cricket Board is waiting for timely visa of Muhammad Yousuf from the UK embassy so that he could travel to England to reinforce the team for the Test series. Pakistan wants Yousuf to be part of the team for the second test beginning this week and the UK Embassy would clear his travel documents so the batsman could travel to England before the start of the test. Former captain Yousuf was prevented from joining up with his countrys squad because he did not have the correct visa. Team manager Yawar Saeed was quoted as saying a news agency that he expects the 35-year-old batsman to be given the green light to travel from Pakistan before heading out. Explaining the visa application was being dealt with by the British High Commission in Islamabad, Saeed said: The application was given yesterday, and today they are to give their reply. So were just waiting for their reply today sometime. He has a visa, it just that it needs to be converted into a sport visa, rather than a visitor visa. Its just a technicality. He added: I am very optimistic. Im being told it should be done today. If it is, he should be on his way tomorrow. Yousuf was recalled for the second Test at Edgbaston, which starts on Friday, following Pakistans first-Test thrashing at Trent Bridge. The veteran has not played for his country since January after being banned indefinitely following the winter tour to Australia. Yousuf had been skipper of a squad of which nearly half were punished. In March, days after being suspended, he elected to retire from international cricket. But last month saw him reveal he was ready and available to serve my country. The senior batsman is expected to join Pakistans cricket team in England on Wednesday but is unlikely to play in the second Test starting on Friday. Yousuf has a visit visa on which he cant play cricket in the United Kingdom. We have applied for a work permit visa and hopefully he will be issued the fresh visa on Tuesday, a PCB official said. If he gets the visa in time we will put him on the first available flight to London on Wednesday, the official said. But he admitted that Yousuf is unlikely to be played directly in the second Test starting in Edgbaston from Friday. In all probability he will be given a chance to practice for a few days and also play a tour match before the third Test that begins on August 19, the official said. Yousuf, a former Pakistan captain, kept a low profile yesterday avoiding speaking to the media. The senior batsman, who has played 88 Tests and 283 one-day internationals, was called back from retirement to join the team after Pakistan lost the first Test against England by a whopping 354 runs in Nottingham. Pakistan was bowled out for 80 runs in their second innings in that match. Meanwhile Pakistan tour manager Yawar Saeed has rubbished reports that captain Salman Butt and head coach Waqar Younis were not taken into confidence regarding Yousufs call-up. This is totally untrue all decisions taken after the first Test were taken after taking Butt and Waqar into confidence. Chairman of PCB Ijaz Butt spoke to the touring selection committee consisting of Salman, Waqar and myself we all agreed on Yousuf and Razas inclusion and Danish Kanerias omission from the squad, Yawar said. The PCB official said that the chairman PCB met the tour selection committee comprising manager, coach, and captain, and a decision was made on inclusion of certain players in the squad. The chairman then contacted Chief Selector Mohsin Khan, on telephone and after his consent the changes were announced. Therefore the reports alleging differences on selection are without merit. Kaneria determined to win back place in team Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has vowed to fight his way back into the national team after being released to join county side Essex ahead of their second Test against England at Edgbaston which starts on Friday. Kaneria was released from the touring squad in England after Pakistan suffered a humiliating 354-run first Test defeat at Trent Bridge on Sunday. The Pakistan Cricket Board announced that the tour selection committee has agreed to allow Kaneria play for his county, Essex. He will be called up for national duty when required, the board said in a statement. Kaneria, Pakistans most experienced Test bowler with 60 appearances, said he was disappointed at no longer being a part of the touring squad for the remaining Tests. I respect the decision of the selectors and management but I am confident of making a strong comeback because its a challenge for me to prove to everyone that I am yet not finished at the top level, Kaneria said from Essex. The leg-spinner said he had some absorbing and helpful sessions with former Australian great, Shane Warne. He gave me some good tips and hopefully I will work out the minor issues but overall I feel I am bowling well, he said. Test cricket has become more attacking due to ODIs and T20: Sachin Kaneria faced problems during the three Tests he played against Australia and England with wicketkeeper, Kamran Akmal and other fielders not providing him 100 per cent support and catches and stumpings being missed off his bowling. Kaneria said the heavy defeat to England at Nottingham was a big disappointment for him as the bowlers did a commendable job. I and others did their best but luck didnt favour us. It is a rough patch that I am going through. The leg-spinner, only the second Hindu to play Test cricket for Pakistan, also made it clear that the issue of the Essex police investigating allegations that he and another player had been involved in spot fixing during a county match, has not deter his confidence and concentration. That is not an issue because I am innocent but obviously I am disappointed myself I have been released this way from the team, he added. Pakistan interestingly have included a young rookie left arm spinner, Reza Hasan into the touring squad to replace Kaneria.