Islamabad: Pakistan cricket selectors on Tuesday recalled former captain Younis Khan for next month's Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand.
Khan retired from Twenty20 cricket after leading Pakistan to the World Cup title in England last year, but said last month he was available to represent Pakistan in all formats of the game.
Chief selector Mohsin Khan said that the squad for the six one-day internationals against New Zealand will be announced later.
Veteran batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who was injured before the two-test series against South Africa played in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, was not picked for the two test matches against New Zealand.
"The upcoming tour of New Zealand is extremely important for us as it will help in the preparations for the World Cup," Mohsin Khan said in a statement.
Pakistan lost the Twenty20 and ODI series to South Africa, but drew the two test matches at Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Misbah-ul-Haq was retained as captain for the tests while Shahid Afridi will lead the side in the Twenty20s.
Left-arm fast bowler Sohail Tanvir, who was sidelined from international cricket for more than a year, recovered from knee injury and was included in both the Twenty20 and test squads.
The series begins with a three-match Twenty20 series starting on Dec. 26. AP