Mohammad Hafeez returns to Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka Tests

Mohammad Hafeez will have to skip Big Bash and it is learnt that he may be compensated for it by PCB.

Updated: December 26, 2013 19:28 IST
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Karachi: In-form Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez on Thursday, returned to Pakistan's 15-member squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka - starting in the United Arab Emirates next week.

Hafeez has scored three centuries in four one-day internationals in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka. The 33-year-old was previously dropped from the Test side for the home series against South Africa in October. He had scored only 102 runs in his last 10 test innings against South Africa and Zimbabwe. (Related: Hafeez says series win vs South Africa helped Pakistan)

"Hafeez has been rewarded for his excellent form and could not be ignored," a national selector said.

Hafeez, who was set to join the Melbourne team for the Big Bash T20 Cup, will now have to drop his lucrative contract and a PCB source told PTI that the board had agreed, in principle, to compensate the allrounder. (Also read: Shoaib Malik faces disciplinary action for choosing Big Bash over domestic tournament)

"Hafeez has been assured he will be get some sort of compensation for missing the big bash tournament," the source said.

Melbourne Renegades had announced that Hafeez would be joining them by January 1.

Fast bowler Mohammad Talha was also recalled after playing his only Test match against Sri Lanka in 2009 in Lahore, which ended abruptly after a militant attack on the visitors.

Pace spearhead Umar Gul was also included after he impressed in the ODI series against the Islanders.

Gul, who returned in the third one-dayer, played for Pakistan after an eight month layoff due to a knee surgery.

The selectors have also retained senior batsman Younis Khan in the Test side despite his poor form in the ongoing domestic tournament.

The first Test of the three match series begins December 31 at Abu Dhabi.

Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (Capt), Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Khurrum Manzoor, Ahmed Shahzad, Shaan Masood, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Umar Gul, Muhammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman.

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