Younis in for Yousuf

Yousuf advised to rest injury for at least two weeks

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Younis in for Yousuf

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Pakistan have recalled former captain Younis Khan for the series against South Africa in the UAE, while Mohammad Yousuf has been ruled out of the Twenty20s and one-day internationals after rupturing his abductor muscles.

Younis received an indefinite ban in March from the Pakistan Cricket Board for his conduct during the ill-fated tour of Australia at the start of the year.

A PCB arbitrator lifted the ban in June, and manager Intikhab Alam said on Wednesday that Younis resolved all outstanding issues during a meeting with PCB chairman Ijaz Butt.

Yousuf has been advised to rest his injury for at least two weeks. If the prolific batsman recovers, he is expected to play in the two Tests against South Africa next month.

National team manager Intikhab Alam confirmed that the 36-year-old ruptured a muscle in his right leg during training in Lahore last week.

"Since it is a second grade tear of the muscle, he will not be able to play in the limited over series," Alam said. "But he will be available for the two Tests that follow."

Pakistan will start the series with back-to-back Twenty20 matches on October 26 and 27 in the United Arab Emirates, the 'home' venue for the subcontinental side.

They will then play five one-day internationals and two Tests against the same opponents.