Karachi:Pakistan's pace spearhead Mohammad Asif was on Monday drafted into the national squad for the fourth ODI against Bangladesh after spending six months on the sidelines due to a chronic elbow problem.
The national selection committee included him in a 16-member squad announced for the one-dayer to be played on Wednesday in Multan.
"Asif has made an impressive recovery from his elbow problem and he has worked very hard and followed his rehabilitation program religiously. We thought this is the best time to ease him back into international cricket," chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said.
The selectors have also included young pacers Kamran Hussain and Wahab Riaz in the squad.
Pakistan blooded several new players in the home one-day series against Zimbabwe earlier this year and in the ongoing rubber against Bangladesh.
Their top pacers, Shoaib Akhtar, Asif, Umar Gul and Rao Iftikhar have all been injury-prone.
Asif last played in the Test series against South Africa in October at home before being ruled out with an elbow problem.