Thursday, July 10, 2014
Pakistan Recalled Younis Khan For International Squad After A 16-Month Gap
Pakistan Wednesday recalled Younis Khan for one-day international squad after a 16-month gap, giving the veteran batsman last chance to press his claim for a place at next year's World Cup. The 36-year-old was recalled to the 15-man squad for three one-day internationals on next month's tour of Sri Lanka, which opens with two test matches. Younis Khan, who has played 253 ODIs, lost his place in the one-day side after a poor run of scores in five-match series in South Africa in March last year. Younis, who is also in the test squad has not scored a one-day hundred since his knock against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi in November 2008. Experienced paceman Umar Gul failed to make either the Test or one-day after being found short of fitness. The 30-year-old had a nine-month lay- off following a knee injury in March last year and subsequent operations. He failed to impress in his comeback late last year. Batsman Umar Akmal earns a recall to Test squad after a absence of three years, while opener Muhammad Hafeez was dropped from Test squad but kept his one-day place. Akmal played his last Test in Zimbabwe in 2011 but has been a regular part of one-day squads. The first test starts in Galle on August 6, while second Test begins in Colombo on August 14. The three one-day internationals will be in Hambantota (August 23), Colombo (August 27) and Dambulla (August 30). Misbah ul Haq captains both squads. *-- Test Squad:- Misbah Ul Haq (Captain), Ahmad Shahzad, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafique, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmad, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rahman, Muhammad Talha, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz. *-- One-Day Squad:- Misbah ul Haq (captain), Ahmad Shahzad, Sharjeel Khan, Muhammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Sohaib Masood, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Talha, Wahab Riaz and Zulfiqar Babar.