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Yousuf returns to Pak team for Lanka tour

cricket Updated: Jun 22, 2009 18:10 IST
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After almost a year of flip-flops leading to his complex legal wrangles with the ICL, IPL and the Cricket Board, Mohammad Yousuf on Monday returned to national fold as Pakistan selectors announced a 15-member squad for the tour of Sri Lanka starting next week.

However, in-form star all-rounder Shahid Afridi was missing from the squad which also included spinner Danish Kaneria, who made a comeback to the team after a long lay-off.

Batsman Khurrum Manzoor, who made his debut for Pakistan in this year's home Test series against Sri Lanka, also got a place in the touring side.

Yousuf became the second Pakistan player after allrounder Abdul Razzaq, who featured in the Twenty20 World Cup, to play for the country after severing links with the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League.

The newly crowned T20 World Champions will play three Tests, five one-day internationals and a one-off T20 match during Sri Lanka tour.

Yousuf, who last played a Test in December 2007 against India and an ODI in July 2008, joined the ICL only to be barred from representing the national team but was later coaxed back to the mainstream by the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Indian Premier League, which resulted in the ICL dragging him to the court.

Squad: Younus Khan (capt), Misbah-ul-Haq (vice-captain), Salman Butt, Khurrum Manzoor, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Aamir, Danish Kaneria, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rauf, Faisal Iqbal, Fawad Alam.