The Lancashire Lightning will go into tomorrows Friends Life t20 semi final against the Leicestershire Foxes without the services of death bowler Junaid Khan who is away on international duty with Pakistan.
The 21 year old produced a number of impressive performances with the ball in the closing overs for the Lightning to help them secure their place in the Finals Day at Edgbaston.
The Lightning approached the Pakistan Cricket Board but Khan will still play for Pakistan during their tour of Zimbabwe which starts on Sunday with a warm up match against a Zimbabwe XI in Bulawayo.
With Khan missing, Lightning coach Peter Moores predicted another tight game against the Foxes as the Lightning look to secure their first semi final victory at the fourth time of asking.
"We've had two interesting games against Leicester, we beat them down at theirs, eventually quite comfortably, it will be a tough game. No side gets to the finals day without playing some really good cricket," he told BBC Radio Manchester
"The other thing is if you win the semi you get yourself into the qualifying for the Champions League in India, which is another exciting opportunity for the lads," Moores added.