Yousuf may be recalled for Sri Lanka series

May 20th, 2009 - 12:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, May 20 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) may ‘pardon’ middle order batsman Mohammad Yousuf for siding with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) and include him in the national squad that will do duty in the forthcoming Test tour of Sri Lanka.

According to the sources, the PCB is mulling recalling Yousuf in the national team to bolster its batting line-up for the three Test match series.

“The final decision on Yousuf’s induction will be taken by PCB chairman Ijaz Butt on his return from India,” The Daily Times quoted a PCB source, as saying.

The PCB is particularly worried about Sri Lanka’s world-class spin duo of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis beside a decent pace attack.

Pakistan lacks depth and experience in their batting order and besides captain Younis Khan the middle order has no other experienced batsman in the line up.

Yousuf had already expressed his desire to play for the national team.

“I am available to play for Pakistan which has always been my priority. I have resigned from the ICL and have spoken to captain Younis Khan on the matter,” Yousuf had said earlier.

Pakistan will play three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international on its tour of Sri Lanka beginning June 27. (ANI)

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