Karachi: Pakistan chief selector Mohsin Khan has defended the Cricket Board`s (PCB) decision to recall former captain Mohammad Yousuf in the national team for the ongoing Test series against England even as ex-players have criticised the move.
Mohsin rejected former players` criticism on Yousuf`s recall, who had last played a competitive cricket in February.
"He is a seasoned player and his inclusion will be a boost for the team in the remaining Tests against England," Mohsin said yesterday.
Even though he was included the touring squad, Yousuf was dropped from the playing eleven for the second Test against England which started at Edgbaston, due to jetlag as he reached Birmingham only yesterday.
Mohsin, a former Test cricketer, was of the opinion that Yousuf`s experience will be boost for the inexperienced Pakistan batting line-up.
"Yousuf is one of the best batsmen in the world. The presence of such a player will definitely give a huge boost to the team," he stated.
"The biggest thing is his presence will also be a good thing for the youngsters in the side who can learn a lot from him and he can also guide them through the tough tour," he said.
The chief selector was hopeful that Yousuf would not show signs of rustiness when he makes his international comeback after almost seven months.
"He has played a lot in English conditions. I hope he will overcome the lack of practice soon and will use all his experience to score runs for the team," said Mohsin.