Pakistan pick Yousuf, Razzaq for Sri Lanka series
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 12:00 AM
Former ICL players Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq were selected in Pakistan's 15-player squad on Monday for next month's three-Test series at Sri Lanka.
While Razzaq played for Pakistan as it won the ICC World Twenty20 final on Sunday, Yousuf last played for his country in July and hasn't played Test cricket since a match at India in 2007.
Both players are available to play for Pakistan after leaving the Indian Cricket League.
"It feels good to be back in the national team," Yousuf said. "It's difficult to play after such a long gap, but I will try my best to adjust quickly."
Shahid Afridi, the man-of-the-match in Sunday's final for his unbeaten 54 off 40 balls against Sri Lanka, will join the squad for the following five-match one-day series.
"He has requested for 15 days rest and will join the team for ODIs," the PCB said in a statement.
Pakistan selected spinners Danish Kaneria and fast-improving Saeed Ajmal to counter Sri Lanka's batsmen on pitches expected to suit slow bowlers.
Mohammad Aamir, a 17-year-old left-arm paceman, was also picked in the Test squad after impressing at the Twenty20 World Cup.
The first Test begins at Galle from July 4-8. Colombo will host the remaining two matches - at P Sara Oval from July 12-16 and Sinhalese Sports Club Ground from July 20-24.
Test squad: Younus Khan (captain), Salman Butt, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Aamir, Danish Kaneria, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rauf, Fawad Alam, Faisal Iqbal.