London: Popular off-spinner Monty Panesar and Steven Davies have been recalled to the England squad for the three-Test series against Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi next year.
Panesar, a Sikh, is selected to provide support to Graeme Swann, said Geoff Miller, England's national selector. Panesar has not played a Test since the 2009 Ashes series.
Cricket world raises a toast to 'Swashbuckler Sehwag'
"Monty had a super season with Sussex last year and he could play a very good part," he said.
Surrey wicketkeeper Davies will travel as cover for Matt Prior having been selected ahead of Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow, who misses out completely as Ravi Bopara retains his place as reserve batsman, The Guardian reported.
Davies has been out since his surprising omission from England's World Cup squad in January, shortly before he became the first international cricketer to come out as gay. However the 25-year-old will have more relevant experience of playing in the UAE than most of the rest of the squad, as he was included in the MCC side who faced Nottinghamshire in Abu Dhabi in March.