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Pakistan Wednesday appointed Younis Khan as deputy to captain Shoaib Malik for the tour of India starting later this week.

Younis replaces opener Salman Butt, who lost his place in the final eleven because of poor batting form. Butt did not play in any of the five-match one-day series against South Africa which ended in tourists' 3-2 win on Monday.

The 29-year-old Younis refused to lead Pakistan when he was offered the captaincy following Inzamam-ul Haq's resignation in March this year. He cited personal reasons for not accepting the role.

Inzamam resigned following Pakistan's first-round exit from the World Cup held in the Caribbean earlier this year.

Younis accepted the vice captaincy role after meeting with the PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf last week. He has led Pakistan in two Tests, winning one and losing the other.

Younis has also led Pakistan in six one-day internationals.

Pakistan fly out to India on Thursday to play five one-day internationals and three Tests. The first one-day will be played at Guwahati on Monday.
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