Pakistan squad for tour of New Zealand December 5, 2003

Younis Khan recalled for New Zealand tour

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Younis Khan's recall was the only surprise when Pakistan's selectors named a 16-man squad for this months' tour of New Zealand. The side leaves on December 11 and during the six-week trip will play two Tests and five one-day internationals.

"Younis has been recalled chiefly because he enjoys excellent record in New Zealand," explained Aamir Sohail, the chairman of selectors. "The team management is also of the view that they might need some more experience in the middle order."

Sohail explained that the team was picked on the basis of improvements seen in recent 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," he said. "Although we realise that it will be a tough tour as some will be making their maiden appearances there, we are confident that under the guidance of Inzamam-ul-Haq and coaching of Javed Miandad, the boys will maintain their good performance.

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

Pakistan squad Taufeeq Umar, Imran Farhat, Saleem Elahi, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Asim Kamal, Younis Khan, Moin Khan (wk), Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Danish Kaneria, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed, Umar Gul.

*Azhar Mahmood will be added to the squad for the one-day series.