Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes Yasir Shah's prospective return to the side will give them added confidence in the second Test with England.
Misbah-ul-Haq believes Yasir Shah's prospective return will give Pakistan added confidence in the second Test with England.
Leg-spinner Yasir missed the first match of the three-Test series in Abu Dhabi because of back spasms.
And the designated hosts were fortunate not to suffer defeat in his absence, with Pakistan holding on for a draw as bad light stopped England's second innings run chase with the tourists 25 short of victory.
But Yasir is poised to return for the Dubai Test, which starts on Thursday, and will look to inspire Pakistan to victory on a pitch expected to provide turn earlier than in Abu Dhabi.
Yasir has taken 61 wickets in 10 Test matches at an average of 24.81, drawing praise from his captain.
"Looking at [the] last year I think he's been superb," Misbah said.
"He's the standout bowler for us.
"He really bowled well, took wickets at the right time. He's a big impact player and bowler and we'll be really confident if he comes into the side."
Pakistan have included off-spinner Bilal Asif in the squad for the match. Asif was reported for a suspect action earlier this month after securing a one-day series win over Zimbabwe with a five-wicket performance in the decider.
Asif has recently undergone testing on his action but Misbah insisted: "We think his action is OK, that's why he is here."