Faisal Iqbal says he's ready for any sacrifice to accommodate Younis

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Sydney, Jan.2 (ANI): Pakistan batsmen Faisal Iqbal has said that he has no issue moving down the batting order to accommodate Younis Khan, provided the former captain returns to the side for the second and third Tests.

Iqbal, who currently bats at number three, said he would perform whatever duty the team management decides for him.

"I've always been a team man and don't mind whatever number I play at. I always did my best, at opening, three, four, five - and I try to do whatever job is given to me. Whichever way the management makes you play, I just love to be part of the squad," The Dawn quoted Iqbal, as saying.

After losing the MCG test by 170 runs, captain Mohammed Yousuf had sent an SOS message to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to send experienced Younis Khan to Australia to bolster the batting line-up, however, it is unlikely that Younis would join the team for the Test the remaining two Tests of the three match series.

Chances are that he may be included in the one-day squad which will begin in Brisbane from January 22, but that too depends on his performance in the domestic circuit.

Younis had himself opted out of the New Zealand Test tour saying he needed a break from international cricket.

He returned to domestic cricket last week, but failed to regain his form and got out cheaply in both the innings during the final match of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Now, all eyes on Younis, who would playing in the RBS Pentagular Cup to regain his lost form.

Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim had earlier said that Younis would be sent to Australia, but he would not be able to join the Pakistani dressing room for the second Test starting Sunday (January 3) at Sydney.

"The reason behind not sending him at this stage is that it would not have served any purpose.

Firstly, he would not have arrived for the second Test in Sydney on time and more importantly for Younis's own good, we want him to fly out adequately prepared so that he is able to play without feeling the pressure," Qasim had said. (ANI)

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