5 possible replacements for Younis-Misbah in Pakistan's Test team
A quick look at some Pakistani batsmen who could fill the void left by Younis Khan and Misbah ul Haq.
Younis Khan is arguably Pakistan's greatest ever batsman and in partnership with former captain Misbah-ul-Haq, made the Pakistani middle order a formidable challenge for most bowling attack after the world.
However, after the duo's retirement, the Pakistan team management are facing the unenviable task of replacing around a duo who scored 15000 runs between themselves and the task might not be easy.
That said, there are a handful of batsmen who could eventually fill the void left behind by two of the Pakistani stalwarts in the coming years. Here is a look at 5 of them, in no particular order.
5 Asif Zakir
The Karachi-born batsman has been a consistent performer in the Pakistani domestic circuit for quite a few years and although he has not been able to get a Test call-up yet, he must be in the scheme of things as far as the future plans of the Test team are concerned.
The right-handed batsman is primarily a stroke player and over the years, he has shown the ability to score heavily in recent years as well.
A solid batsman who is at home against both pace and spin, Zakir shot to the limelight in the domestic circuit after emerging as the highest run scorer in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2015-16.
He scored 791 runs in total in Pakistan's premier domestic tournament, earning a call-up to Pakistan's one-day international side but did not get any games. Zakir might be 34 years old but it must be remembered that Misbah-ul-Haq was a late bloomer as well.