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Younis and Afridi back on for Houston event

Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi have agreed to play for the Asian XI team in a three-match series against a World XI in Houston

Cricinfo staff
08-Jun-2005
Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi have agreed to play for the Asian XI team in a three-match series against a World XI in Houston between June 14 and 19. It had earlier been reported that both players had withdrawn from the event, but Hasan Jalil, the organiser, visited Jamaica during the second Test and persuaded them to change their mind.
"I personally met with Younis and Afridi and convinced them we would like to have them play for the Asian XI with other Pakistani players and they agreed," Jalil told reporters. "Inzamam-ul-Haq was keen that Younis and Afridi should play and now we have the best Pakistani players coming to Houston for the matches."
Inzamam, Younis, Afridi, Yousuf Youhana, Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Akhtar would all be playing in the Asian XI along with Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, as well as Sri Lankans Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.
Jalil added that he hoped to be able to bring in Brian Lara and other West Indies players.