Lahore: Pakistan’s batting stars are excited to work with Younis Khan, who was appointed as the batting coach for ‘bio-secure’ England tour comprised of three Tests and as many T20Is.
Test captain Azhar Ali, who accumulated 2,628 runs with Younis in 48 innings, said that he feels fortunate to play a number of Tests alongside Younis, and in his books, he was one of the best non-England batsmen to perform consistently in English conditions.
“With a great technique, mental strength and match assessment, he not only dominated the opposition on the field but off the field as well,” Azhar said in a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“His presence will be an excellent opportunity for the youngsters to learn and stand firm against the home team,” he added.
Limited-overs captain Babar Azam is glad on the appointment of Younis and is excited to work with him as the batting unit will learn a lot from his presence.
“I look up to his resilience, grit, and determination. He has done wonders for Pakistan and we are privileged that he will be part of our dressing room again,” Babar said.
“As part of a young and learning group of batsmen, there can’t be a better feeling to have the likes of Misbah and Younis on my side upon which I can strengthen and define my future career,” Babar added.
Opener Shan Masood, who made his first Test century during a match-winning partnership with Younis in Pallekele in 2015 which is Pakistan’s record chase, said that he always had a student-mentor relationship with Younis as he played domestic and his early days in Pakistan team.
“I am very excited at the news of Younis being appointed as our batting coach and it is a great step to reap the services of one of Pakistan’s best,” Shan said.
“Younis always loved helping his peers. Often, he spent more time on other players than he did on himself, and seeing him in this role means we will have access to the knowledge of someone who has been so successful at the highest level,” he added.
It must be noted here that the PCB appointed Khan as batting coach for the ‘bio-secure’ England tour. Mushtaq Ahmed was appointed as the spin bowling coach.