"I must say that you cannot make a (Pakistan) Test squad without Yousuf in it, because it is going to be incomplete," Salahuddin told The News in an interview.
"There is no doubt that Yousuf is among the world's top batsmen, and we expect him to shine against South Africa in the home series and later on the tour of India," said the former Test cricketer.
However, he added that the selectors are yet to discuss the combination of the team for the two-match Test series, which will be followed by five limited over matches.
Sallu went on to say that former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq would also be in contention for an international return, provided he proves his fitness. "A fit Inzamam will be an asset for us because, he is a great batsman," he said.
Pakistan's most prolific batsman in recent years Yousuf, who scored a record 1788 Test runs in 2006, was overlooked by the selectors for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup to be held in South Africa from September 11 to 24.