The celebrations of the World T20 win have been going on with such fervour, that the announcement of Pakistan' test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, and Mohammad Yousuf's international return, have almost gone un-noticed.
Here are my thoughts on the squad.
Openers: Salman Butt, Khurram Manzoor
I'm always pleased when the PCB and its selectors display some common sense.
Salman Butt's woeful form in 20-20 cricket was no reason to keep him out of Pakistan's test plans. There's no doubt that he is Pakistan's first choice opener for tests and ODIs, and I'm glad the selectors think the same way.
Khurram Manzoor was there when Pakistan last played a test match; his good performance then has kept him in the line up. The selectors again deserve praise for continuing with him.
Ahmed Shehzad / Nasir Jamshed / Shahzaib Hasan should return for the ODIs and T20I, but for the tests Khurram is definitely the better bet.
Middle Order: Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah Ul Haq, Shoaib Malik, Faisal Iqbal, Fawad Alam
On paper, that looks like an extremely impressive middle order.
I'm not at all pleased to see Yousuf back in the squad, however I do realize the importance of his presence in Pakistan's middle order, particularly for test matches.
He, along with Younis and Misbah are no doubt Pakistan's best bats at the moment, and they will occupy the three primary middle order positions.
Malik, Faisal, and Fawad will vie for the number 6 spot, unless the think-tank decides to go with Razzaq in order to play two spinners (will get to that in a bit).
Younis would probably want Malik in the XI, however I would like to see Faisal in there. He has been a part of Pakistan's test plans for a long time now and has always performed whenever given the chance.
Wicketkeeper: Kamran Akmal
Obviously there was no other choice.
Pace Attack: Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rauf
That for me is a bit thin, but I believe Pakistan is going to Sri Lanka with the plan to attack through spin.
Aamer comes into the test fold after displaying his talent on a world stage in T20 cricket.
He will definitely make his test debut in Sri Lanka, which will cap a stunning season for the 17 year old left armer.
2008-09 was Aamer's first full domestic season, during which he impressed everyone with 56 wickets in 10 first-class matches.
I believe he is our future and will surely play for Pakistan for many many years to come; provided that he is kept away from the shadows of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.
Abdur Rauf has been rewarded for a successful domestic season, which he finished as one of the leading wicket takers.
Rauf has been around the domestic scene in Pakistan for a decade now and has a very impressive record with 447 wickets in 96 first-class matches. He has played a few ODIs for Pakistan but is yet to make his test debut.
He's got pace and swing, and he's one of the better pacers going around in Pakistan; I don't really mind seeing him play test cricket.
Abdul Razzaq is one selection that bemuses me though. I have never regarded him as a test player - his bowling is not effective for tests, while his batting alone is not enough to get him into a test XI.
No doubt he had an awesome return to international cricket at the World T20, but that should not have resulted in his recall to the test side.
Instead of him, I would have preferred a genuine pacer like Sohail Khan or Mohammad Talha.
Razzaq'a selection, however, is what implies Pakistan's spin plans (getting to that).
Spinners: Danish Kaneria, Saeed Ajmal
How I would have loved to see Shahid Afridi in there!
The PCB have said that Afridi requested for a 15-day break; had he not would he have been in the test squad?
I sure hope so.
The way he has been bowling of late, and for the last 2-3 years, there is no doubt in my mind that Afridi can be Pakistan's strike bowler in test matches as well.
He will definitely do a better job than Kaneria.
Kaneria returns, and I'm highly indifferent to that, just like his bowling.
Ajmal has thus far impressed in ODIs and T20Is; he now gets a chance to showcase his talent at the test level. He too will probably do a better job than Kaneria.
My XI: Salman, Khurram, Younis, Yousuf, Misbah, Faisal, Akmal, Rauf, Gul, Aamer, Ajmal.
I don't think Younis will go in with that. The selection of the squad indicates that it is very likely that Pakistan will attack with both Ajmal and Kaneria.
With that in mind, Pakistan will probably look to bring in Razzaq at 6 to have the option of a 3rd seamer.
Younis Khan's XI: Salman, Khurram, Younis, Yousuf, Misbah, Razzaq, Akmal, Gul, Kaneria, Aamer, Ajmal.
The team leaves for Sri Lanka next week and play their first tour game on 29th June, followed by the 1st test starting on 4th July.