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Pak recall Younis Khan for NZ tour

Pakistan cricket selectors Friday recalled middle-order batsman Younis Khan to its 16-member squad to tour New Zealand this month.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2003 16:24 IST

Pakistan cricket selectors Friday recalled middle-order batsman Younis Khan to its 16-member squad to tour New Zealand this month.

Khan, a 26-year-old right-handed batsman, last represented his country against South Africa in the one-day series in October this year before he was ignored for the two test matches against the Proteas and the ongoing limited overs series against the Black Caps.

Inzamam-ul-Haq was retained as captain while Yousuf Youhana will be his deputy on the tour, during which Pakistan will play two tests and five one-day international matches. Pakistan leaves for New Zealand on Dec. 11 and returns home on Jan. 21.

All-rounder Azhar Mahmood will join the team for the one-day series which begins in Auckland on Jan.3.

"Younis (Khan) has been recalled chiefly because he enjoys excellent record in New Zealand. The team management is also of the view that they might need some more experience in the middle-order," chief selector Aamir Sohail said in a statement.

Younis scored 280 runs in four innings during Pakistans previous tour to New Zealand in 2001. In all, he has scored 1,680 in 28 tests with five centuries and nine half centuries.

Sohail said the team was a combination of players who have been playing together in the last six or seven months. "The set of players which we have provided have been playing together for the last six or seven months and have shown remarkable improvement.

"This is the best combination we can provide considering the conditions in New Zealand," he said. "There are plenty of options for the team management in all the departments to field a winning team."

Pakistan has played 25 one-day internationals winning 15 and losing 10 since the 2003 International Cricket Council World Cup and prior to the fourth one-dayer against New Zealand. It has won four of its past five tests _ three against Bangladesh and one against South Africa.

Squad: Taufeeq Umar, Imran Farhat, Saleem Elahi, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Asim Kamal, Younis Khan, Moin Khan (wicketkeeper), Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Danish Kaneria, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed, Umer Gul.

First Published: Dec 05, 2003 16:24 IST