Akram backs Yousuf's inclusion in T20, ODI side

Published: Friday, August 27, 2010, 15:43 [IST]
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'Yousuf's presence will boost Pakistan'

Islamabad: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has backed selectors decision to recall veteran middle order batsman Mohammad Yousuf in the one-day squad for the upcoming ODI series against England and said that the his inclusion would boost the team's performance.

Yousuf, who scored valuable 56 and 33 runs in the first and second innings of the Oval Test, has been included both in the one-day and T20 squads.

“Very few teams can turn it around the way they have in England. A lot of credit for the Pakistan revival goes to Mohammad Yousuf. I have long been voicing how important experience is," The Daily Times quoted Akram, as saying.

“On the pacer-friendly wickets in England, he is a must. With his inclusion the whole team got a boost," the former pacer added.

Akram, who is arguably one of the best fast bowlers of all times, showered praise on the current Pakistani pace battery especially Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer.

“The fast bowling duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer is doing really well. Both are getting swing and seam movement aplenty and are posing all kind of problems to the English batsmen," he said.

He also spoke high of Wahab Riaz, who took five wickets on his debut at The Oval, describing him as the surprise package of the tour.

“Taking a five-for on debut is no small thing, and his bowling at the Oval was also one of the reasons behind Pakistan"s win," Akram said.

“It has to be said that on the bowling front, Pakistan have no concerns and if the batsmen do their job well, they are very much capable of drawing the series," the left-arm seamer added.


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