India off spinner Harbhajan Singh has been handed a test recall after selectors included him in the 14-player squad announced on Wednesday for the first two tests against Pakistan.
The 27-year-old was dropped from the test and one-day teams after the World Cup in March due to poor form and missed the test series win in England that concluded in August.
However, Harbhajan earned a recall to the one-day side after helping India win the Twenty20 World Cup in September and his strong recent performances have impressed the test selectors.
Left-armer Murali Kartik was also included as the third specialist spinner after he did well on his one-day return in October. Veteran leg spinner Anil Kumble leads the side for the three-test series while wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named vice-captain, giving a clear indication the one-day and Twenty20 skipper will take over as test captain in the future.