PCB today recalled Younis Khan to their ODI team after a 16-month gap, giving the seasoned batsman last opportunity to press his claim for a place at next year’s World Cup. The 36-year-old was recalled to the15-man squad for 3 ODIs on next month’s tour of Sri Lanka, which opens with 2 Test matches.
Younis Khan, who has played 253 ODIs, lost his place in the ODI team after a poor run of scores in the five-match series in South Africa in March last year. Younis Khan, who is also in the Test team, has not scored an ODI 100 since his knock against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi in November 2008. Umar Akmal was recalled to the 15-member test group named on today, the 24-year-old returning after 36 months out of the squad, having played the last of his 16 Tests against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2011.
However, pace duo Umar Gul and Mohammad Irfan missed out on the tour because of ongoing fitness issues, chief selector Moin Khan said. Misbah-ul Haq captains both teams. The initial Test begins in Galle on August 6 while the 2nd Test starts in Colombo on August 14. The 3 ODIs will be in Hambantota (August 23), Colombo (August 27) and Dambulla (August 30).