Lawson: Yousuf-Younus recall will make Pak solid

London: Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson believes that former captains Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan should be recalled for strengthening the team`s middle order.

Following the unexpected Test retirement of skipper Shahid Afridi, it has been reported that the Pakistani team management is considering recalling the duo.

"First thing to consider is that both players are brilliant test cricketers. This team could do with a number three or four batsman. The way the team is developing, beginning with Salman Butt who is becoming consistent - it`s starting to look good. Still, they need proper number three and four batsmen," quoted Lawson, as saying.

"It`s a load of rubbish to put youngsters at those spots and it defies all cricketing logic. Yet, Azhar Ali looks good enough to play for a long time, same goes for Umar Amin. However, playing both of the lads at the same time in those positions is just not on," he added.

Younus 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 tours of 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 or fined.

However, an arbitrator later lifted bans on Younus and Malik and halved the fines.

Naved`s appeal is still pending, while Yousuf did not appeal and retired from cricket in protest.

Lawson further said that even if one of them makes a comeback, it would make the team a "pretty solid unit".

"I know Mohammad Yousuf does not prefer batting at that number, but if you are the best batsman in the side - you should be batting at that spot," Lawson said.

"Younus is a phenomenal contributor to the team as a player. Sure, when he became captain - things went a little crazy. However, just as a senior player - he is brilliant. Plus, just look at Younus` age - he is just 32 years of age and has a good three-four years left in him," he added.



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