Pakistan vs West Indies: Younis Khan advised rest following dengue, to miss first Test

AFP, Oct, 06 2016

Lahore: Senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has withdrawn from the first Test against the West Indies following advice from doctors to rest after he contracted dengue fever, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Thursday.

File photo of Younis Khan. Reuters

File photo of Younis Khan. Reuters

The 38-year-old was infected by the mosquito-borne virus last month and was admitted to a local hospital.

"Younis has conveyed to the selection committee that he will not be fully fit and needs another ten-day rest to regain his strength after recovering from dengue fever," a PCB spokesman told AFP.

The first Test, a day-night affair to be played with a pink ball, starts in Dubai on 13 October.

Younis -- who is the highest Test scorer for Pakistan with 9,456 runs in 108 Tests -- will be available for the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi on October 21.

The stylish batsman scored an epic 218 in Pakistan's Test at The Oval in August, helping them to draw the four-match series against England 2-2.

Pakistani selectors are expected to announce the Test squad on Friday.

Pakistan have whitewashed West Indies 3-0 in both the Twenty20 and ODI series and start the three-match Test series as favourites.

The third Test will start on 30 October in Sharjah.

Published Date: Oct 06, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 06, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115