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'Malik to retain his berth in Test squad against Lanka'

cricket Updated: Feb 05, 2009 16:07 IST

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Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik, who lost captaincy recently, has no reason to worry about his place in the national team as the cricketer is all set to retain his place in the squad that will take on Sri Lanka in two-Test series starting on February 22.

Sources told PTI that new skipper Younis Khan has already held talks with the chief selector Abdul Qadir and his colleagues about Malik's inclusion in the side.

"Younis has no doubt that Malik is one of the most improved players in the country and must be retained in the Test side as well," one source said.

"Younis is not in favour of pushing young batsman Umar Amin into the Test side in the coming series and has advised the selectors to let the left hander play one more domestic season before considering him for national selection," he added.

Amin, who bats as an opener and in the middle-order has been given a C category central contract by the PCB to reward him for his prolific form this season.

"Basically with Younis wanting Malik in the side, the selectors now have to decide on the second opener to partner Salman Butt and one batsman in the middle-order.

"And now the toss is between Asim Kamal, Faisal Iqbal and uncapped Saeed Bin Nasir who has been in top form in last two seasons," the source said.