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Pakistan recall Younis Khan for ODIs against England

Pakistan recall Younis Khan for ODIs against England
Younis Khan has been handed another lifeline in the 50-over format by the Pakistan selectors.
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The Pakistan selectors have recalled senior batsman Younis Khan to the squad for the One-Day Internationals against England after a successful run of form in the recently concluded three-match Test series.

In the 2-0 series win for Pakistan, Khan had scored 302 runs from six innings at an average of 50.33 with one hundred and one fifty under his belt.

Khan last played an ODI against South Africa in Auckland in the 2015 World Cup – a tournament in which he did not enjoy much success, having scored just 43 runs from three games.

The other changes to the squad that took part in the ODI series against Zimbabwe last month are the exclusion of Haris Sohail and Imad Wasim – both due to injuries.

Uncapped left-arm orthodox spinner Zafar Gohar has been named in the 16-man squad and is the only other addition apart from the inclusion of Khan.

Pakistan chief selector, Haroon Rashid, expressed that the move to include Khan in the squad was to lend stability to the middle order.

"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."

In 2012, after winning the Test series 3-0, Pakistan were defeated by England in both the ODI and Twenty20 International series held in the United Arab Emirates.

The first game of the upcoming four match ODI series between Pakistan and England will get underway on 11th of November in Abu Dhabi.

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