LAHORE: Senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has withdrawn from the first Test against the West Indies following advice from doctors to rest after he contracted dengue fever, the Pakistan Cricket Board said Thursday.
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 October 13.
Younis — who is the highest Test scorer for Pakistan with 9456 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 last month, helping them to draw the four-match series 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 one-day series and start the three-match Test series as favourites.
The third Test will start on October 30 in Sharjah.