Pakistan recall Arshad Khan

Agence France Presse

Lahore, February 19:

Off-spinner Arshad Khan was recalled after five years in the wilderness for Pakistan’s tour of India on Saturday following fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar’s withdrawal with hamstring trouble.

The 34-year-old, who played the last of his eight Tests against England at Faisalabad in 2000, will bolster a Pakistan attack already weakened by the loss of injured fast bowlers Shabbir Ahmed and Umer Gul. The 16-man Test squad has three openers, five specialist middle-order batsmen, two allrounders in Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq, two spinners and three frontline fast bowlers.

Kamran Akmal will be the only wicketkeeper after veterans Moin Khan and Rashid Latif were overlooked for a second consecutive tour. Inzamam-ul Haq will lead the squad but Younis Khan has replaced Yousuf Youhana as vice captain in an apparent move to groom Khan.

Pakistan play three Tests and six one-day internationals on their first tour of India for six years but a final itinerary was expected either Sunday or Monday after Pakistan agreed to play an additional sixth one-dayer in Ahmedabad.