Big blow to Pakistan ahead of the Test series against West Indies, as batting stalwart Younis Khan will miss team's historic day night Test in Dubai starting on 13th October.
The Pakistan middle order batsman has been advised by doctors to take 10 days rest to regain his strength after recovering from dengue fever.
"Younis has informed chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq that he won't able to play the first Test," a PCB spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo. "The selectors are yet to announce the squad, but its is confirmed that Younis will not take part in the opening game in Dubai. He asked for rest to be fully fit before his national selection since he has recently recovered from dengue."
Younis was last month admitted to a private hospital in Karachi after suffering from high fever and fatigue and was only released after a week.
The 38-year old had resumed training but sources said he was still not feeling 100 per cent comfortable and so had thought of taking rest.
Younis Khan is Pakistan's leading run scorer in Test cricket and needs just 544 runs to complete 10,000 runs in the longest format of the game.