Islamabad: The chances of former Pakistan skippers Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan being recalled for the Test series against England are slim as the team management is keen to persist with the Headingley Test winning squad.
Skipper Salman Butt also gave an indication of his feelings to continue with the young squad when he said that the rare three-wicket win over Australia was the beginning of a new era for Pakistan cricket.
“The tide has turned because captain Salman Butt, coach Waqar Younis, manager Yawar Saeed and other coaching staff were more in favour of persisting with the young players and don"t want Yousuf or Younis back," The Daily Times quoted a PCB source, as saying according to ANI reports.
The team management believes in grooming young players instead of recalling old players as the new players are the future for Pakistan cricket.
The source also said that despite the first Test beginning on July 29, there has been no move to prepare travel documents for either Yousuf or Younis.
“This is an indication that it is unlikely these two will be sent to England to join the team immediately," he added.
Younis and Yousuf were banned indefinitely from the team in March following an inquiry committee report, which had probed Pakistan"s dismal performances and disciplinary problems during the tours of the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and Australia.
Five other players - Shoaib Malik, Rana Navedul Hasan, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal - were also banned and fined.
However, an arbitrator later lifted bans on Younis and Malik and halved the fines.
Naved"s appeal is still pending, while Yousuf did not appeal and retired from cricket in protest.