Younis to provide stability to middle-order: Haroon Rashid

Karachi: Seasoned batsman Younis Khan, who excelled with the bat in UAE in just concluded Test series against England, has been included in the ODI squad to land stability to the middle order batting, believes chief selector Haroon Rashid.

Chairman PCB Shaharyar Mohammad Khan has approved the Pakistan squad for the four-match ODI series which commences on November 11 at Abu Dhabi following the recommendation of the selection committee headed by Haroon Rashid.

“Keeping in view his current form, Younis Khan has been included in the squad to land stability to the middle order batting. Now it is up to Younis to prove that he could meet the demands of the modern-day one-day cricket and play according to the team management’s game plan,” Haroon said.

The expected selection of Younis Khan following his brilliant form has exposed double standards in PCB criteria of offering central contracts to players.

The prolific middle-order batsman Younis, who has retired from T20Is, was given ‘B’ category contract. Meanwhile, inconsistent all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who has retired from Tests, has been awarded top ‘A’ category contract.

“Zafar Gohar has been included in place of injured Imad Wasim, who is expected to be fit before the T20I series,” Haroon added.

16-member ODI Squad:

Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Amir Yamin, Yasir Shah, Zafar Gohar, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali, Bilal Asif.