‘No intentions to coach Afghanistan’: Younis rubbishes reports

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“I was approached by some Afghanistan Cricket Board officials in 2012-13 as they wanted to hire me as batting adviser but since I didn’t show any interest.” — AFP/File

KARACHI: Younis Khan has rubbished reports linking him to a coaching role with the Afghanistan cricket team after he retires from international cricket.

The right-hander, who is playing his last Test for country against the West Indies in Dominica, regarded the report as ‘old wine put in a new bottle’.

Afghanistan Cricket Board Chairman Atif Mashal was quoted as saying by BBC Urdu on Thursday that they ‘are in talks with Younis who has agreed to coach the Afghan cricket team and the board is currently finalizing the contract.”

“I was approached by some Afghanistan Cricket Board officials in 2012-13 as they wanted to hire me as batting adviser but since I didn’t show any interest,” Younis told ARY News.

“I have no intentions of going to Afghanistan.”

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to give a befitting farewell to Younis and Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq as soon as they return home from the Caribbean.

PCB is also reported to have been considering the appointment of Younis as mentor of the Under-19 team, which is set to play the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand next year.

Former captains Rashid Latif and Inzamam-ul-Haq and paceman Kabir Khan have previously coached Afghanistan.

Inzamam left the job after World Twenty20 2016 due after Afghanistan moved their cricket base from Sharjah to Noida in New Delhi.

That change of base to India has almost ended chances of any Pakistani taking an assignment with the Afghan team amid the tense political scenario between the neighbours.

Mushal’s statement on “security fears in playing in Pakistan” were also tagged as a “big joke” by Pakistani media.

“We can’t tour Pakistan because the security situation there is not good,” said Mushal. “But Pakistan can come and play in Afghanistan.”

Security situation in Pakistan has improved manifold as the country successfully hosted the final of Pakistan Super League in Lahore in March this year. A World XI side is also due to tour the country in September.

Afghanistan, a war-torn country since the past decade or so, has never hosted any international cricket match.

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